Geneseo resident Kyle Ganson, superintendent of Colona School District No. 190, has been named the 2017 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Blackhawk Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Geneseo resident Kyle Ganson, superintendent of Colona School District No. 190, has been named the 2017 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Blackhawk Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Ganson was honored at an awards luncheon on April 24 in Springfield. State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith was the featured speaker where 31 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction were honored.

“Every superintendent cares deeply about the safety and success of children and I am grateful for the support and recognition from the Blackhawk Region members,” said Ganson, who has been an educator for 33 years, serving as teacher, coach and principal in central Illinois schools before becoming superintendent of the Colona district in 2009.

“We have many experienced and deserving superintendents in our region, and it is an honor when your peers recognize your efforts,” he said.

Those nominating Ganson noted that the Colona District has managed to expand instructional and extracurricular opportunities for its students despite cuts to state funding the past several years. Other accomplishments cited include:

• Upgrading technology, going from worksheets and chalk to Chromebooks and Web-based content that is available to students and staff.

• Introducing chess clubs, astronomy clubs, scholastic bowl competition, 21st century programs, music programs and increased athletic activities.

• Expanding the use of individual and small group instructional interactions.

Ganson attained his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, his master’s degree from Illinois State University, and his education specialist degree from Western Illinois University.

He and his wife Michelle, who is a special education teacher in Geneseo, have three sons, Aaron, Ryan and Matthew, and a daughter, Rachel.