ALAS Announces Leaders in Education Award Recipients

ALAS National Latino Children Institute.WASHINGTON, D.C.—April 19, 2016—The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) will recognize school district superintendents and administrators from across the nation at its second annual Leaders in Education Awards Gala, to be held April 25, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Numerous education professionals, congressional representatives, and business leaders will attend the event at the historic Mayflower Hotel to celebrate best practices in public education, particularly in serving Hispanic populations. ALAS state affiliate members nominated superintendents and administrators whose work exemplifies the best in the field.

Following are the 2016 ALAS Leaders in Education Award winners:

Latino Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Ricardo Lopez, Superintendent

Mission Consolidated Independent School District

Mission, Texas

Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Patrick Sweeney, Superintendent

Napa Valley Unified School District

Napa, California

Latino Administrator of the Year

Victoria B. Saldala, Director, Bilingual/ESOL Department

Broward County Public Schools

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hispanic-Serving School District Administrator of the Year

Dr. Gregory A. Ewing, Chief Officer Accountability & Research

Cobb County School District

Marietta, Georgia

“While the field of education is ever changing, the one constant is the need to serve youth in the best way possible, ensuring their scholastic experience is fruitful and rewarding,” said Veronica Rivera, ALAS executive director. “These outstanding honorees do just that through their leadership and commitment to all students, Latinos in particular.”

The following are the ALAS Leaders in Education Awards nominees:

Dr. Samuel L. Ray, Superintendent

North Sanpete School District

Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Carlos M. Beato, Principal

International High School at Langley Park

Bladensburg, Maryland

Jennifer Mayer-Glenn, Assistant Principal

Mountain View Elementary & Glendale Community Learning Center

Salt Lake City, Utah

Cynthia Mills, Principal

Porfirio H Gonzales School

Tolleson, Arizona

Dr. Alberto Rivera, Principal

William H. Hunter Elementary School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Grant M. Rivera, Chief Leadership & Learning Officer

Cobb County School District

Marietta, Georgia

Dr. Perla V. Rodriguez, Principal

Echo Shaw Elementary School

Cornelius, Oregon

Sandra L. Jimenez, Principal

High Point High School

Beltsville, Maryland

Renato M. Lajara


Kensington Urban and Business High School

Philadelphia, PA

The selection committee included representatives from some of the most prestigious national organizations:  Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools; Jeannette Morales, Director for PK-12 Initiatives, Hispanic Association Of Colleges and Universities (HACU); Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director, AASA; and Antonio Tijerino, President & CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF).


About the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)

The ALAS mission is to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth, by building capacity, promoting best practices, and transforming educational institutions. ALAS was established in 2003 in response to a lack of national advocacy and representation of Latino students.



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