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Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, center, shows her 2018 Regional Superintendent of the Year award Oct. 25 from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. She is flanked by Ocean City Board of Education President Joe Clark, left, and Vice President Jacqueline McAlister.

Claire Lowe / Staff Writer

Ocean City is piling on the accolades this year, as school chief Kathleen Taylor has been named Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, two weeks after receiving the regional award.

Now, Taylor will represent New Jersey in the American Association of School Administrators' competition, the winner of which will be announced in February 2018.

“I am extremely grateful to have been selected as the 2018 Superintendent of the Year for the State of New Jersey,” Taylor said. “I could not have achieved this honor without the hard work and dedication of our entire school community.”

This is the second state award for the school district this year as American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen was named the state Teacher of the Year in early October.

Taylor, of Ocean City, will be recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Education at a Dec. 6 ceremony in Trenton. She was one of two regional superintendents of the year — along with Charles B. Sampson of the Freehold Regional High School District — named at the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop Oct. 25 in Atlantic City.

“Kathy Taylor is a dedicated, hard-working professional who continually strives to improve the quality of education for all students. She is a remarkable chief education officer with vision, imagination and compassion for the students she serves. Her accomplishments exemplify what every chief education officer should achieve,” said NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza.

With 24 years' experience as a school administrator, Taylor came to Ocean City in 2006. She previously served in Sea Isle City and Haverford Township, Pennsylvania. Taylor is a past president of the Cape May County Superintendents Association and currently serves on the Ocean City Education Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce.

“I have been blessed with a challenging and rewarding career that has taken me from the classroom to the principal’s office to my role as superintendent of a high-achieving district in an idyllic community. But regardless of my role, responsibilities or district I serve, I never lose sight of what drew me to and ignited my passion for education: the students whose lives we as educators are privileged to touch and share,” Taylor said.

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