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2019 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year Selected



School District of North Fond du Lac Superintendent Aaron Sadoff earns the 2019 Honor

The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Aaron Sadoff as Wisconsin’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year.


Sadoff has served for the past 10 years as Superintendent for the School District of North Fond du Lac, a growing, 4K-12 district serving approximately 1,450 students in the Fox Valley along Lake Winnebago. Sadoff’s passion for creating a growth culture has attracted new staff and students, fueled innovations in technology and a charter school, and closed gaps for economically disadvantaged students.


Sadoff develops and serves a culture of happiness in the School District of North Fond du Lac so the district can recruit, retain and reward a world class staff, while working to prepare all students to be career, college and life ready. He believes the School District of North Fond du Lac is an example of how the science of happiness and positive psychology can revolutionize the way that organizations are working to best impact success of students, staff and the community.  Sadoff is a certified national trainer in the Orange Frog principles of Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.”


Under Sadoff’s leadership, the district has increased its financial resources, kept class sizes down, increased enrollment to the district’s highest level including +124 student open enrollment in, passed building referenda totaling $29.5 million and is opening a new charter school, the Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind in fall 2019.  The district has increased  business  partnerships,  added  revenue- producing student courses and created a the Oriole Nation Booster Club for activities, arts and athletics that raised over $160,000 in the past three years.


In the nomination for Superintendent of the Year, Board President Peter Chisholm said, “The Board is extremely proud of Aaron. He has done great things for our District. His greatest attribute is the culture he has fostered which attracts high quality educators and makes people want to move into our district so their children can attend our schools.”

District Business Manager Maria Putzer called Sadoff's energy and passion for education remarkable. “He is a true leader and has led our District to become a destination District,” Putzer said.  District Buildings and Grounds Director Dave Mand cited Sadoff’s “ability to always look for the good in everyone. He is excellent in bringing that out in people without them even knowing it is happening.”


Sadoff said he was humbled and honored to receive the award and called it a true team effort. “I am blessed to serve great students and families, an incredible staff, a visionary Board of Education and a community that appreciates and supports education,” Sadoff said.


“Though my life I have learned that inspiring a culture where people know that what they think and do matters is the key to success,” he added. “The happiness I receive from being involved in the creation of young people that are college, career and life ready and the ability to work with kind, hard-working, intelligent people on a daily basis truly make me feel that what I think and do matters. I get to go to school every day!”


Sadoff started his educational career as a teacher at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc. He also served as an educator in the Fond du Lac School District and as principal in the School District of North Fond du Lac, prior to being hired as superintendent 10 years ago. He advocates for public education issues in Madison and Washington D.C. and presented a TEDx Talk on happiness. He serves on the Board of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation and the Booster Club and is a member of the local Optimists and VFW Post. He serves on the Legislative Advocacy Committee for WASDA, the Governing Board for AASA and the Education Advisory Board for the International Thought Leader Network (ITLN).


Sadoff lives in North Fond du Lac with his awesome family, wife, Kelly, and children, Paige (UW-Madison sophomore), Lilly (high school senior) and Ethan (eighth grader).


About the School District of North Fond du Lac

Located in in the Fox Valley along Lake Winnebago, the School District of North Fond du Lac serves 1,456 students in early childhood through 12th grade. The District employees more than 180 staff who are focused on promoting a happy culture, increasing literacy achievement and providing high quality instruction for all students. The District dedicates its resources to provide small class sizes, state-of-the- art technology support (1-1 computer technology for grades 5K-12) and many opportunities to become involved in school activities and athletics. Outstanding programs, such as vocal and instrumental music, art, business education and technical education, serve to enhance a strong core of academic courses in the pre-K–12th grade curriculum. For more information, follow the District on Twitter @nfdlschools or visit


About the Superintendent of the Year Award

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Superintendent of the Year program has become widely acknowledged as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain. Applicants are measured against criteria such as successfully meeting the needs of students; personal and organizational communication; professionalism; participation in local community activities; and an understanding of regional, national and international issues. This award pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation's public schools.


Sadoff will be representing Wisconsin in the National Superintendent of the Year Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), VALIC and Aramark, at AASA’s National Conference on Education in Los Angeles in February. The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators will be presenting the 2019 Wisconsin Superintendent of  the  Year  award  to Sadoff at the joint WASB/WASDA/WASBO Convention in Milwaukee in January.