HILLSBORO, N.D. -- A Hillsboro educator has been named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year by the state Association of School Administrators for a second time.

The education group announced Wednesday Hillsboro Public Schools Superintendent Paula Suda won the accolade and will compete for the title National Superintendent of the Year. The North Dakota honor represents “the culmination of hard work by my staff, the community and students of Hillsboro School,” Suda said.

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“It’s an honor being voted on by my peers,” she said.

The educator who was born and raised in Grafton, N.D., is in her 11th year as superintendent of the Hillsboro School District. As a UND graduate, Suda taught in elementary schools at St. Thomas, N.D., and Thompson, N.D. She was an elementary principal and superintendent in Northwood, N.D.   

She also received the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year award for the 2013-14 school year. She was the first woman to receive the award.

The state winner, one of four regional candidates, is selected by a panel, she said.   

“I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors,” she said, including other school “administrators in our area; we learn, teach and mentor each other -- that makes our job easier.”

The Hillsboro School Board also “has always been very supportive,” Suda said.   

The school district enrolls nearly 500 students in grades K-12 and employs about 70 teachers and support personnel, she said.