Meet Cheryl Logan, 2022 McGraw Prize winner for K-12

October 15, 2022

“One of the things that I have tried to do as superintendent is not to make the story about me. Now I'm a first, so there's a lot to being a first and I'm not from here and it's kind of like you become an enigma because you're different. And as much as there are many people that want to focus on that, I have tried very hard to have the story be about the children of the Omaha Public Schools because honestly that's what it's about for us.

We want kids to come every day, we want kids to be happy, we want them to learn and grow, graduate, and be prepared to give back to the community that has nurtured them. And while it seems as though everyone would want to go in the same direction, that really isn't the reality. There are special interests, there are interests that are not really interested in public schools. And so you have to manage all of those things. And while you're doing that, stay focused on the children and their families, their parents, their caregivers, so that you can do your job.”


ABOUT DR. LOGAN: Dr. Cheryl Logan, superintendent of Omaha Public Schools since 2018, has spent her career building engagement and alignment among all the key stakeholders in student success. Her innovative leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and commitment to providing opportunities for students to achieve their highest potential embody the essence of the McGraw Prize. Logan led the district through a groundbreaking SARS-CoV-2 testing pilot study with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, enabling Omaha to be one of the first large, urban school districts in the nation to return to in-person learning in 2020.