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.

ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was named one of two 2018 Regional Superintendents of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. She will be considered for the state title later this year.

Taylor, of Ocean City, was presented the honor Wednesday with Freehold Regional High School Superintendent Chuck Sampson during the New Jersey School Boards Association workshop at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza said both superintendents are “excellent role models for all aspiring chief education officers to emulate.”

“They are results oriented educators who continually strive to improve the quality of education for all students they serve,” Bozza said.

Taylor has been with the Ocean City School District since 2006. She said she was most proud of the district’s work in “educating the whole student.”

Ocean City Schools work hard to provide services for students that go beyond traditional education and extend into social and emotional learning, she said.

Taylor said she was honored to receive the award but applauded her school board and staff for making the district so successful.

“It’s a team approach,” Taylor said.

Earlier this month, Ocean City High School American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen was named the New Jersey Teacher of the Year.

Sampson said the honor made him proud.

“It’s validation of the good work in the district — that a lot of people are behind — for the kids,” he said.

A New Jersey candidate will be chosen from regional winners for the national Superintendent of the Year award, which will be announced in February.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.