Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart was named the National Association of School Superintendent’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year. Since becoming superintendent of the Hazelwood School District in 2016, she has created academic acceleration models in two thematic schools, led the opening of a school-based health center, facilitated the development and implementation of the Hazelwood NOW Strategic Plan, expanded early childhood education opportunities districtwide, balanced the $200M budget for three consecutive years, and successfully advocated for compensation increases across all employee groups. Her current innovative efforts include collaborating with state agencies and local organizations to design and implement equity measures for school districts statewide.
Dr. Collins-Hart was a teacher for nine years. She also has experience as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and college professor. For the past 15 years, Dr. Collins-Hart has led school district systems in the capacity of superintendent. Prior to serving as superintendent of Hazelwood, she led Proviso Township High School District 209 in Forest Park, Illinois. In the 5,000 student district, student performance increased on the ACT and in reading and math. During the past three years, graduating seniors in Hazelwood have earned more than $70M in scholarships and volunteered over 200,000 community service hours. Hazelwood School District has an annual operating budget of $200M that supports 2,200 staff who serve nearly 18,000 students representative of over 60 countries and nearly 40 languages in North St. Louis County, Missouri. In 2005, she was superintendent of Bertie County Public Schools in Windsor, North Carolina where she served over 3,500 students in pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Dr. Collins-Hart has received numerous honors for her leadership and work in the community. She was awarded the Apple Teacher of the Year Award from Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., the education award from North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Top Ladies of Distinction 2014 Women in Leadership Orchid Award, and the Outstanding Administrator Award for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Collins-Hart serves as a member of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner’s Advisory Council. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industries, Christian Hospital, and North County Incorporated. She is affiliated with several other professional and civic organizations including the National Association of School Superintendents, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Black School Educators, Kiwanis Club in Florissant, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Collins-Hart earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has certification in curriculum and instruction as well as two masters’ degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; her masters are in educational administration and English education. Dr. Collins-Hart’s bachelor’s degree in English education was earned from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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