Nikki C. Woodson is the Superintendent of Schools for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, with over 12,300 students (67% students of color and 57% qualify for free/reduced lunch) and nearly 1,600 employees. Dr. Woodson has lead the district to be one of few nationwide to offer International Baccalaureate to all students in all schools within her urban school district. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Woodson served in several areas in education including Teacher, Special Education Program Manager, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Communications, Director of Staff Development, Director of Continuous Improvement and Assistant Superintendent. All of her positions have been held in large urban public school districts in the Indianapolis area within Indiana. She has served on both the Regional and Heads Council for the International Baccalaureate and is now serving a 3 year term on the IB Board of Governors.
Among her numerous honors, Woodson was named The Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) from Ball State University as well as a distinguished Purdue University Fellow. She has been recognized by UNCF for her commitment to children and was named Indy’s Best & Brightest for recognition in the field of Education. In 2012 she was recognized as the “Breakthrough Woman of the Year” for breaking barriers in her field. Most recently, Dr. Woodson was given the state honor of International Educator of the Year by Global Indiana and recognized for her Achievement in Education by the Center for Leadership Development. Additionally, the American Association of School Administrators awarded her the 2013 Women in School Leadership Award as well as an honor from Ball State in 2013 for Outstanding Alumni Achievement. In 2016, she was named by the National Association of School Superintendents as Superintendent of the Year Finalist.