Tawnya Hunter, director of professional development and public relations for the Calloway County School system, has been named the district-level Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. He was presented the award at KASA’s annual leadership conference in Louisville, July 28, 2021.
This award represents the highest honor KASA bestows on active administrators, recognizing outstanding leadership, significant contributions to the effectiveness of the association, and the respect they bring to themselves, their colleagues, and their profession.
Hunter is described by colleagues as someone who leads through integrity and example, with the heart of a servant. As the district director of professional development and public relations, she is focused on helping principals, teachers and school leaders maintain their skills and practices at the highest levels. But she serves students in a direct way as well, as the driving force behind obtaining a grant to build a greenhouse at the high school, and another to provide more than 5000 books to preschoolers. In the larger community, she works diligently to cement connections between the school system and the business community, government officials, and other critical partners. Her work with the local Rotary Club led to funding from the club to provide wi-fi hotspots for student during the COVID shutdown.
Her colleagues describe her as an impactful leader who builds caring relationships with those she leads, allowing her influence to be felt throughout the district. She has been an active KASA member for 17 years and has recently completed a term on the KASA Board of Directors and Executive Policy Council.
KASA’s Leadership Awards Program is offered in partnership with American Fidelity Assurance Company.
The Kentucky Association of School Administrators is the largest school administrators’ group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,200 education leaders from across the commonwealth. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators, and other interest groups, and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.