Sue Givens, wuperintendent of Schools of El Dorado USD 490, has been elected president-elect for the Kansas School Superintendents Association (KSSA).
The position calls for a three-year commitment serving the organization, first as president-elect then following with the presidency and finally as past president.
She will be a member of the Executive Board as well as being part of the Board of Directors. In May, Givens will attend the American Association of School Administrators Leadership Meeting. She will begin her official duties on June 1.
Givens started her educational career in administration as the director of Elementary Education in Stafford in 1987. She then was chosen to be elementary principal at Garden Plain. She then was hired as the Liberty Middle School Principal in Pratt beginning in 1998 until 2005. Givens then took the assistant superintendent position in Pratt and continued there until being named the superintendent in El Dorado in 2007.
She has held many administrative and professional service leadership positions within the greater educational community. She has been the chair of the Learning First Alliance and has been the President of the United School Administrators.
Givens has served as a member of the KSSA Council of Superintendents and is a member of AASA.
She has written a variety of articles and has participated in numerous professional development activities such as Differentiated Instruction, MTSS Training, Classroom Walk-Through Observation and Curriculum Mapping.
Being involved with her community is evident as she leads and participates in El Dorado Vision 2020, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and serves as co-executive director of the Miss Kansas Pageant held in Pratt.
Givens has been awarded the Rotary Service Award and the Paul Harris International Rotary Award. She is also a recipient of the USA|Kansas Outstanding Service Award and is a Kansas Master Teacher. Another prestigious award she earned was the “Keys for Networking” Principal of the Year.
“Sue Givens is the consummate school executive. She understands student needs and the systems that deliver those needs,” said Dr. Don Wells, executive director of KSSA. “She knows what she wants and is able to bring together those stakeholders that can produce the results that are necessary for excellence.”