Dr. Candace Singh, superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, has been named a finalist for the School Superintendents Association's 2020 Women in School Leadership Awards. The School Superintendents Association, known as AASA, and sponsor Horace Mann present the awards to pay tribute to the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.
“This recognition illustrates AASA’s practice of honoring our nation’s outstanding female educators and the growing need to foster pathways for more and more women who wish to advance their careers,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Celebrating these accomplished professionals will lead to an increasing number of women entering the field of public education administration. We are extremely proud of our finalists and look forward to honoring them at our national conference. We thank Horace Mann for partnering with us on this initiative.”
As an educator in San Diego County for close to 30 years, Dr. Singh is well-known and respected for her work as a turnaround principal and superintendent, blending courage, action, and exceptionally high expectations with grace, respect, and kindness to create schools and working environments that inspire greatness in students and adults. Her proven track record of transforming public schools has contributed to her reputation as a highly valued leadership coach, speaker, and consultant.
The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is nationally recognized for its work in creating an innovative and forward-thinking leadership culture that encourages and teaches children to be the leader of their own lives and to use their leadership skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Under the leadership of Dr. Singh, FUESD has undergone an academic and cultural transformation that has resulted in the highest growth in student achievement in the district’s history.
Dr. Singh began her career in public education in 1985, serving as an elementary and middle level teacher, assistant principal, principal, district curriculum leader, and now, superintendent of schools. She also serves as an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at California State University San Marcos, inspiring and preparing future school leaders to develop cultures and systems that contribute to higher levels of academic and personal achievement for all students.
As the first college graduate in her family, dr. Singh holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She earned her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne, where she studied district leadership practices that contribute to principal effectiveness and job satisfaction.
Candidates for the Women in School Leadership Awards are judged on leadership in meeting the learning needs of students, personal and organizational communication strength, constant professional improvement of knowledge and skills, and active community involvement.
The final award recipients will be announced during the AASA National Conference on Education, Feb. 13-15. For more information on the Women in School Leadership Awards, please visit the AASA website.