Carvalho finalist for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is one of four finalists for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, the School Superintendents Association announced Wednesday.

Applicants from around the country were vetted through a review of leadership, communication, professionalism, and community involvement, according to the association. The other three candidates are schools chiefs in Houston, Tx., Annapolis, Md., and Calhoun, Ga.

Carvalho’s nomination became public as he met with members of the school board, who applauded his candidacy. Carvalho, who was recently named Florida’s superintendent of the year by his peers, mostly deflected recognition, which follows a year of accolades for the district.

He said the nomination and recent awards are a tribute to teachers, students, principals and administrators. But he did take some credit.

“I listen. I care. I do. I teach. I lead. I believe,” he said.

The award will be announced in mid-February during the School Superintendents Association’s National Conference on Education. The association donates a $10,000 scholarship to the high school where the winner graduated.

Carvalho is from Portugal and didn’t attend high school in the U.S., but pointed out that he was principal of two Miami-Dade schools.

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