Noreen Bush, the superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, has been chosen by her peers as the Iowa Superintendent of the Year for 2021-22, and she has done it in quite characteristically Iowa fashion: amid chaos

Navigating the needs of her students and district families between damaged school facilities due to the derecho, concerns created by the Coronavirus pandemic, and, oh, a little personal battle with cervical cancer after an early 2020 diagnosis, the School Administrators of Iowa have recognized Bush's deep commitment to all under her watch.

In describing what set Bush apart, SAI leader Rick Horn said in a statement on the CRCSD website, "Noreen is a leader of leaders and an outstanding choice by her peers as the Iowa Superintendent of the Year. She lives her values—to lead with moral purpose and ignite hope. Every action that she takes is through the lens of what is in the best interests of the entire Cedar Rapids learning community, and to reach her decisions she listens actively to input from all stakeholders. Her passion for learning and her ability to achieve great things while overcoming obstacles is inspiring to us all."

Bush acknowledged the recognition by saying "this honor is truly a reflection of our committed staff members, families, and community. I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of our district to represent Iowa’s schools."

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