Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder Named Administrator of Excellence

The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Dr. Lisa Snyder, Superintendent at Lakeville Area Public Schools, as a 2017 Administrator of Excellence. Dr. Snyder has received this award in recognition of her leadership, concern for students, and active involvement in professional and community affairs. She was honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 10, 2017, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.


Dr. Snyder’s achievements reflect her ability to lead important changes in the educational system. During her superintendency at Lakeville Area Public Schools, Dr. Snyder has led the district in personalized learning, teacher leadership, instructional pedagogy, technology integration, cultural competency and data-driven decision-making. She has facilitated future-focused strategic planning and implemented a comprehensive school redesign based on research-based best practices, design thinking and Malcolm Baldrige Educational Criteria. Dr. Snyder has published articles in newsletters and educational journals, and has received educational grants and proposed key legislation for educational innovation.


Dr. Snyder has been an active MASA member for five and half years. She has been a member of the MASA Legislative Policy and Executive Development Committees and has presented at MASA’s annual conference. Dr. Snyder has also worked with MASA and their partners on legislation for the Innovation Zone designation, which allows groups of two or more school districts to work collaboratively to improve student and school outcomes.


Dr. Snyder is also a member of the Board of School Superintendents, American Association for School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Society for Quality, Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, MN. She was a selected member of Digital Promise through the National League of Innovative Schools and named as one of the 100 National “Future Ready” Superintendents and was invited to visit the White House to meet President Barack Obama in 2014.


Dr. Snyder earned a doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She received a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Winona State University.


Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. MASA is a professional organization of Minnesota’s school leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of special education, and other central office administrators, as well as state department administrators, college, and university professors, and other educators throughout Minnesota dedicated to educational leadership for students.

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