The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 13 finalists for the 2014 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award. These finalists from high-need schools have been selected for their demonstrated ability to inspire their staff to contribute to school-wide success and the development of a campus that is high achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming.
|Dr. Mike Andersen||Barry Goldwater High||Deer Valley Unified||Phoenix|
|Ms. Heather Anguiano||Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary||Chandler Unified||Chandler|
|Dr. Kent Ashton||Mendoza Elementary||Mesa Public Schools||Mesa|
|Ms. Emma Carrillo||Esperanza Elementary||Sunnyside Unified||Tucson|
|Ms. Laurie Doering||Crane Middle||Crane Elementary||Yuma|
|Ms. Donna Franklin||Ron Watson Middle||Yuma Elementary||Yuma|
|Ms. Gaye Leo||The Hearn Academy||Ball Charter School||Phoenix|
|Ms. Debbie John||Evergreen Elementary||Casa Grande Elementary||Casa Grande|
|Mr. Fred Lugo||Bales Elementary||Buckeye Elementary||Buckeye|
|Dr. Kyann McMillie||Wildflower School||Avondale Elementary||Goodyear|
|Ms. Lina Munoz||Esperanza Elementary||Isaac Elementary||Phoenix|
|Ms. Jenny Robles||Palomino Intermediate||Paradise Valley Elementary||Phoenix|
|Dr. Gabriel Trujillo||Trevor Browne High||Phoenix Union High School||Phoenix|
The finalists have been through a rigorous process to reach this point. Each was nominated by his or her district superintendent. Researchers then reviewed the nominees, examined school data, visited campuses, interviewed the candidates, and met with teachers and staff. From these finalists, seven honorees will be announced in early January 2014 through media partnerships, on Rodel’s social media pages and at rodelaz.org.
“A great principal defines the culture and attitude for students, staff, teachers and community members to work together to offer the best education possible for all students,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “We’re proud to recognize the leadership qualities exhibited by these outstanding principals, and look forward to working with them to help mentor and inspire the school leaders of tomorrow.”
“Rodel Exemplary Principals represent some of the best school leaders that Arizona has to offer,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “The individuals in our high-need communities are positively impacted by these leaders’ abilities to foster a positive culture where everyone is held to high standards of character and academic growth.”
Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners of Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative to recognize outstanding school principals and populate a pipeline of highly skilled school leaders for Arizona’s most high-need schools. Each cohort of Exemplary Principals provides professional development, field experience and ongoing mentorship to a class of Rodel Aspiring Principals for two years. After learning from the best, these Aspiring Principals are better prepared to lead their own high-need schools.
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit www.rodelaz.org.
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