NORFOLK — Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Gilson and the King Philip Regional School District are pleased to announce that Superintendent Paul Zinni has been honored as the recipient of the State Leadership Award by the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA).
On Monday, March 21, NAFEPA President Kimberly Glass presented Superintendent Zinni with the NAFEPA State Leadership Award at a NAFEPA Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes individuals who have assumed significant roles in the support and promotion of activities and goals of the NAFEPA.
Superintendent Zinni is one of only three educators in Massachusetts who have received this award twice. He previously received the award in 2000. He was nominated for the award by the Massachusetts NAFEPA chapter, the Council of Administrators of Compensatory Education (CACE).
“This is an amazing achievement as the NAFEPA award reflects years and years of dedicated service to Title I programs,” Dr. Gilson said. “Superintendent Zinni has excelled in his commitment to the CACE cause and could not be more deserving of this recognition.”
Superintendent Zinni, a longtime member of NAFEPA, has served on the Board of Directors for almost 25 years. During his time on the board, he’s served on just about every committee including the membership, conference, communications, by-laws, and policy and advocacy committees. Currently, he serves as the co-chair of the finance committee and as CACE’s federal liaison to NAFEPA.
Superintendent Zinni also has held numerous leadership positions in state, national and international education organizations including: the Council for Exceptional Children, CEC; the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children, MCEC; Phi Delta Kappa, PDK; and the National Superintendents Roundtable.
Professionally, Superintendent Zinni has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the King Philip Regional School District since 2018. During his impressive 35-year career in education, he has held the positions of elementary teacher, special education teacher and secondary mathematics teacher. He has most recently served in administrator capacities for the past 27 years in the roles of principal, Title 1 Director, Director of Pupil Services, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.
The NAFEPA Award Ceremony was hosted during NAFEPA’s annual conference, which was hosted in Washington, D.C. from March 20-23. At the conference, educators from across the country come together for three days to attend workshops and professional development opportunities about educational leadership and federal education programs.
About the Council of Administrators of Compensatory Education (CACE)
CACE is the Massachusetts organization of local Title I administrators. The CACE organization works with its members to obtain and share information about federal and state regulations. CACE also provides its members with a forum to address common issues and programming questions.
About the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA)
The National Association of Federal Education Programs (NAFEPA) is a support organization for educators who work with federally funded programs in their local school districts and in their states. The non-profit organization has been in existence since 1974 and presently has more than 3,000 members from across the nation. An annual conference is held once a year in Washington DC so that members can hear from leaders in the field of education as well as staff members from the U. S. Department of Education.