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 Carlsbad Unified Leader Named 2021 Superintendent to Watch

​Dr. Benjamin Churchill, superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD), has been named a 2021 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Churchill, who joined CUSD in 2016, was one of only 19 superintendents in the county selected for this honor.

The 2021 Superintendents to Watch award recognizes superintendents’ innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community, and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts.

Churchill is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning and is especially interested in classroom technology integration, early learning and kindergarten readiness, workforce development, and career pathways for all students. He previously worked in Illinois, serving as an assistant superintendent, high school principal, and high school English teacher. 

“It's so important that educators and leaders work intentionally to share the wonderful things happening in public education,” said Churchill, who is humble about receiving the award. “I appreciate the recognition, though it should really go to a whole team of people. Our teachers, students, staff and families accomplish great things every day, and it’s my honor to share their stories and shine a light on their achievements.”

This annual NSPRA award recognizes up to 25 school district leaders each year who have fewer than five years of experience at as a superintendent (at the time of nomination) and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

Churchill will be recognized at the NSPRA 2022 National Seminar in Chicago in July.