ACPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. has been awarded a humanitarian award for his efforts to close achievement gaps in education.
He was honored with the Tom Cookerly Exceptional School Superintendent Leadership Award 2019 by The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) at The Art of Community event on October 18 in Silver Spring.
The NCCF selected Dr. Hutchings for “his success as an outstanding leader in education and as an advocate, role model and mentor for minority youth in schools.”
The non profit also cited his commitment to ensuring that “poor children have the opportunity to succeed and have a right to dream.”
Dr. Hutchings, who has been superintendent since July 2018 and is a Class of 1995 graduate of T.C. Williams High School, has championed the drive for equity for each student in ACPS.
This year, for the first time in two decades, every school in our division is fully accredited.
It is a great honor to receive this award and see recognition for the work ACPS has undertaken to close achievement gaps. We continue to strive for equity for all our students. It is a long road but our goal is for each child to experience success regardless of their life circumstances,” Dr. Hutchings said.
The award was sponsored by Tom Cookerly, founder of The Neediest Kids, a program of NCCF which works to ensure children in poverty are not at a disadvantage in the classroom because of a lack of basic needs and school tools.
The program works with ACPS school professionals to provide students in need with clothing, health care and school supplies.