CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The School Administrators of Iowa have named Cedar Rapids Community School District Superintendent Noreen Bush as the 2021-2022 Superintendent of the Year.
Superintendent Bush was nominated for the award by other Iowa superintendents and was selected by a committee.
She will be presented with the award at SAI’s Annual Conference next summer and will now represent Iowa in the National Superintendent of the Year.
"This honor is truly a reflection of our committed staff members, families, and community," Bush said. "I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of our district to represent Iowa’s schools. Thank you to School Administrators of Iowa for the support they provide district leaders and our school districts."
Earlier in 2021, she was awarded with the National Female Superintendent Award.
Bush, a University of Northern Iowa graduate, has been the CRCSD superintendent since 2019, but served as deputy and associate superintendent before that.
In 2020, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. But she has said that she's found support in the Cedar Rapids community and has even called the district a "Hope Spot." SAI Executive Director Roark Horn says that she is deserving of the award because of the way she leads with hope and inspires those around her.
“Noreen is a leader of leaders and an outstanding choice by her peers as the Iowa Superintendent of the Year," Horn said. "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.”