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State alumni named 2018 district Superintendents of the Year

October 24, 2017

Indiana State University alumni swept five of eight district 2018 Superintendent of the Year recognition from the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

Greg Briles, Karl Galey, Colleen Moran, Dan Scherry and Larry Veracco were selected as Superintendents of the Year by other superintendents in their district, who are asked to consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership during a time of scarce resources.

Briles, ‘92, GR '04, Ed.S. '09, was named Superintendent of the Year for District III, which includes Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, Wabash and White counties. He has served as superintendent of the 1,400-student Delphi Community School Corporation since 2016.

"I am humbled and appreciative of this recognition, because I know that there are several superintendents in the area who are deserving of it," said Briles, who is in his 25th year in the field of education. "I look at our district as a family and I, personally, feel this award should be shared by everyone in our family."

Galey, GR '04, Ed.S. '08, who was named Superintendent of the Year for District VIII, has been superintendent at Lawrenceburg Community School Corp. since 2009. District VIII includes Bartholomew, Brown, Dearborn, Decatur, Clark, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington counties.

"It's an honor to be recognized by my peers and this award is a reflection of our staff and students at Lawrenceburg. This award is also a reflection of the support from my wife and three daughters and from ISU, which continues to provide professional development and support its alumni in the field," said Galey, who started his career in education in 1996 and has been superintendent at Lawrenceburg Community School Corp. since 2009. "We continue to work toward goal and raise accountability grade and were able to achieve an A as a corporation. I think we were able to achieve this through the collaboration of our staff and administrators and their desire to see that all students have the opportunity to achieve. It's a reflection of and testament to our mission to have dedicated staff that provide opportunities for all students to achieve."

Moran, Ph.D. '05, who has been superintendent for North Montgomery Community School Corp. since 2010, was named Superintendent of the Year for District IV. District IV includes: Benton, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties.

She has been active in helping redesign the West Central Indiana Special Services Cooperative and the West Central Career and Technical Education Cooperative so these two entities can better deliver services to students from North Montgomery and other nearby school districts. Now in her eighth year as superintendent, Moran served as director of teaching and learning and assistant superintendent in the district before becoming superintendent.

"There are pretty amazing superintendents in District IV, so I certainly didn't expect to have my peers nominate me for this honor," said Moran, who has a 25-year-long career in education. "In my heart, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher because I have a heart for helping people. I knew teaching would fulfill that for me and it has, especially when I got an email from a former fourth grade student who contacted me from Scotland because he wanted to tell me he was getting his Ph.D. That's why educators do what they what do - to inspire children to reach their potential."

Scherry, GR '94, Ed.S. '08, was named the Superintendent of the Year for District VII. He has served as superintendent of North Spencer County School Corp. since 2010, where he was a high school principal and assistant superintendent before that. District VII includes Crawford, Daviess, DuBois, Gibson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

"It's nice to be acknowledged by your peers who you spend time with and share ideas with," said Scherry, who is in his 28th year in education. "Our district started out as consolidated school system with nine zip codes, and there was sometimes more competition than sharing across school boundaries. But we've really pulled together so everyone is in line with what is happening in each school. Our instructional practices are spot on in all four buildings, and we've brought the communities together as a whole. We're a progressive, research-based corporation and have maintained vital professional development for our teacher despite budget cuts, and I'm proud that North Spencer makes all decisions based on what's best for all kids and the community."

Veracco, Ph.D. '09, was named Superintendent of the Year for District I, which includes Fulton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties. Veracco is in his eighth year as superintendent for the Lake Central School Corp., after serving as assistant superintendent three years. He began teaching in 1993 in Lake Central High School's social studies department, where he taught economics and psychology.

"The thing that I like the best is that this is an award voted on by my peers who happen to be a very talented group of school leaders in Northwest Indiana. I appreciate the honor and am happy to represent our region but also know there are many other top shelf educators who also deserve this honor," Veracco said. "I am also extremely happy to know that my own sons are currently in Lake Central schools benefiting from the fantastic instruction provided by our teachers and guidance provided by other staff members."

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Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or betsy.simon@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

Indiana State University alumni Greg Briles, Karl Galey, Colleen Moran, Dan Scherry and Larry Veracco were selected as district 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

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