The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has named Dr. Ray Queener, superintendent at Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools, as a 2017 Administrator of Excellence.
Dr. Queener has received this award in recognition of his leadership, concern for students, and active involvement in professional and community affairs. He will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 9-10, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.
Dr. Queener’s achievements reflect his ability to lead important changes in the educational system. In 2014, Dr. Queener led a strategic plan and developed comprehensive a implementation model for years 2015-17. Under his leadership, Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools was able to pass a bond referendum in 2013 for building maintenance and safety and security. Dr. Queener worked to bring $660,000 in grants and donations to the district over past two years, implemented district-wide book reads, created a podcast program highlighting district news and staff accomplishments, and established parent and superintendent advisory committees. He also created a partnership with Anoka Ramsey Community College for welding programs for high school and college students, developed the school district alternative learning center at Riverside Academy in partnership with neighboring school districts, and initiated a partnership with a county mental health agency that developed and implemented a mental health program for the district.
Dr. Queener began his career as a teacher in 1990 at Luck Public Schools in Luck, Wisconsin where he taught secondary math, and was the K-12 Computer Coordinator, and coach for several sports. Dr. Queener has held several positions throughout Minnesota including: Technology Coordinator and Director for South St. Paul Public Schools; Coordinator of Technology, Director of Support Services, and then Director of Finance for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools; and Director of Finance and then Assistant Superintendent for Stillwater Area Public Schools. In 2013, Dr. Queener was selected as superintendent for Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools.
Dr. Queener has been an active MASA member for 20 years. He has served on the executive development and legislative committees holding legislative committee chair in 2015. Dr. Queener actively participates in the MASA legislative visits at the Minnesota capitol, the MASA mentor-mentee program, and the Region 6 Leadership Team. He was a member of the MASA Great Start Cohort for new superintendents in 2013-14.
Dr. Queener is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Schools for Equity in Education executive board and legislative committee, and the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Club. Additionally, he is a member of the Cambridge downtown revitalization steering committee, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) District Assembly, Resource Training & Solutions Superintendent Advisory Committee, Dollars for Scholars Board, Cambridge Medical Center Community Engagement Council, and the Anoka Ramsey Community College Advisory Committee.
Dr. Queener earned a doctorate in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. He received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.
Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. MASA is a professional organization of Minnesota’s school leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of special education, and other central office administrators, as well as state department administrators, college, and university professors, and other educators throughout Minnesota dedicated to educational leadership for students.