Congratulations Superintendent Munoz!
Superintendent Munoz received his AASA National Superintendent Certification!
Posted on 03/09/2017
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Rochester Public Schools’ Superintendent Michal Muñoz Receives National Superintendent Certification


Rochester, MN - Excellence in leadership in our nation’s public schools took a major step forward earlier this month when AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the 2017 class of superintendents to earn National Superintendent Certification.
Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Muñoz was one of 36 participants in the 2017 AASA National Superintendent Certification class. “I am honored to receive my National Superintendent Certification,” said Superintendent Muñoz. “I have been passionate about education all of my life. I am proud of the work that completed during the process.”

AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents, serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States. The national conference brings public education’s best thought leaders together under one roof to discuss the most critical issues facing our schools. The nearly 40 superintendents who completed the certification process were honored during the first general session at the conference. 

“It’s an honor to congratulate the outstanding education leaders being recognized today for completing the prestigious National Superintendent Certification program,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Our process develops real-world skills that superintendents need to build a network of mentors, colleagues, critical friends and experts to call on throughout their career.”
Launched in 2013, the National Superintendent Certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job seven years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include:

  • Providing world-class instructional leadership,
  • Building and managing a district budget,
  • Mastering effective communication and political skills,
  • Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management,
  • Managing superintendent/school board relations, and
  • Designing a career path for oneself.

Local Superintendents honored for successfully completing AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program were:

  • Michael Munoz, Rochester School District 535, Rochester, Minn.  
  • Tammy Berg-Beniak, Pine Island School District 255, Pine Island, Minn.
  • Jeff Elstad, Byron Independent School District 531, Byron, Minn.


The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success. 

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