Announcing the 2023 ACSA awards winners
March 27, 2023
ACSA’s annual Awards Program honors educational leaders who strive to create and support equitable educational opportunities for California students.
Administrators of the Year awards in 21 categories and five special awards are given to outstanding educational leaders and one school-community partnership program.
This year’s recipients are no exception, representing the excellence, dedication and innovation of administrators throughout the state.
Nominations were submitted to the leadership of ACSA’s 19 regions, with more than 250 finalists presented to the 2023 Awards Committee for consideration at the state level.
Past President Charlie Hoffman chaired the committee, which is made up of current board members Roxane Fuentes, Grant Bennett, Julie Olesniewicz and Gina Lynch. Their selections were approved by the ACSA Board Executive Committee, and winners were personally notified of their award.
The 2023 recipients will be featured in EdCal beginning in June and will be honored at the Leadership Summit Statewide Awards Ceremony, Nov. 3 in Sacramento. More information about the 2023 Leadership Summit and recognition event will be available in the coming months at
Visit to learn how you can nominate colleagues for next year’s program.
2023 Special Awards and Administrator of the Year recipients
ACSA’s Awards Committee has announced the following winners for its Special Awards and Administrator of the Year Awards.
Special Awards
Ferd. Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award Ron Carruth Superintendent, El Dorado Union HSD Region 2 Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence Susan Salcido Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Barbara COE Region 13 Robert E. Kelly Award Kathy Wehunt Region 15 Valuing Diversity Award Natalie Taylor Director of Intervention and English Learner Programs, Claremont USD Region 15 Partners in Educational Excellence Award LA Metropolitan YMCA Region 16
2023 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year Cheryl Jordan Superintendent, Milpitas USD Region 8 Secondary Principal of the Year Erika Tejeda Principal, Liberty High Schools, Perris Union HSD Region 19 Middle Grades Principal of the Year Christa Glembocki Principal, Dwyer Middle School, Huntington Beach CSD Region 17 Elementary Principal of the Year Justine Turner Principal, Oakbrook Academy of the Arts TK-8, Fairfield-Suisun USD Region 4 Central Office Administrator of the Year Joy Ceasar Director of Learning, Instruction & Accountability, El Centro ESD Region 18 Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year Monica Luther Assistant Principal, Orange High School, Orange USD Region 17 Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year Nate Diamantine Assistant Principal, Patricia Kay Beaver Leadership Magnet, Ceres USD Region 7 Classified Leader of the Year Corrin Conley Personnel Services Director, East Whittier CSD Region 15 Confidential Employee of the Year Priscila Caballero Senior Executive Assistant, County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara COE Region 8 Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year Brian Meisenheimer Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Merced CSD Region 9 Adult Education Administrator of the Year Michelle Claprood Lee Principal, Charter Oak Adult Education, Charter Oak USD Region 15 Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year Alicia Caddell Career Technical Education Coordinator, Folsom Cordova USD Region 3 Special Education Administrator of the Year Nanette Gray Senior SELPA Director, Pleasanton USD/Tri-Valley SELPA Region 6 Superintendent/Principal of the Year Karen Villalobos Superintendent/Principal, Twin Rivers Charter School, Yuba City USD Charter Authorizer Region 2 Business Services Administrator of the Year Kimberlie Linz Chief Business Official, El Segundo USD Region 14 Student Services Administrator of the Year Donna Campbell Assistant Superintendent of Student Services/Special Education, Palmdale SD Region 15 Curriculum & Instruction Administrator of the Year Lisa Cruikshank Director of Special Projects, Thermalito Union ESD Region 2 Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year Maria Lopez-Cisneros Principal, Valley Oak High School and Napa Valley Independent Studies, Napa Valley USD Region 4 Professor of Education of the Year Maureen Latham Superintendent in Residence, Azusa Pacific University Region 19 Retired Administrator of the Year Julie Braun Martin Region 6 Technology Administrator of the Year Christine Jones Coordinator of Educational Technology, Palmdale SD Region 15
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