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Trevor Browne principal named Rodel finalist


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Trevor G. Browne Principal Dr. Gabe Trujillo was named a 2014 Rodel Exemplary Principal Finalist, the Rodel Foundation announced December 17 at a reception in Scottsdale.

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is committed to recognizing extraordinary principals who are making a difference in the lives of students in “high-need” schools.  Rodel Exemplary Principals are recognized for exceptional leadership and for two years will have the unique opportunity to help train, mentor, and inspire the next generation of Arizona principals.  Exemplary Principals provide professional development and mentoring to three Rodel Aspiring Principals, creating a pipeline for educators who can eventually lead high-need schools.

Trujillo is in his fifth year as the principal of Trevor Browne, the largest school in the Phoenix Union High School District with over 3000 students.  He was an assistant principal for three years at Browne prior to becoming principal.  He has been a principal and assistant principal at charter schools, and taught social studies and ELL English for five years.

Trujillo earned a B.A. in History from Park University (Missouri), a Post-baccalaureate Secondary Education degree and a Masters of Education at ASU.  He completed his Doctoral Program of Educational Leadership from ASU last fall.    He is also president of the Phoenix Union Administrators Association.

Trujillo was selected as a semifinalist in November.  A site visit team conducted an observation and interview with Trujillo and select staff members at Browne during November.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected as a Rodel Exemplary Principal.  Thank you for this incredible opportunity and for coming out to TGB to see all of the amazing things we do for kids,” Trujillo said.

Phoenix Union now has two Rodel Exemplary Principals.  Last year, Camelback’s Dr. Chad Gestson became Phoenix Union’s first Rodel Exemplary Principal.