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February 14, 2022
R6: Administrators of the Year announced online
ACSA Region 6 unveiled its annual Administrator of the Year award nominees and winners on Feb. 4. The results in 21 categories were announced virtually on the Region 6 Facebook page by ACSA Region 6 President Mark Neal and Vice President, Programs Pam Hughes. The winners are education leaders in Alameda and Contra Costa counties who have helped lead public schools during the many phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees and winners will be celebrated at the ACSA Region 6 Administrator of the Year Awards Dinner at 5 p.m. April 28, 2022.
Region 6 is proud to announce the following winners for the 2022 Administrator of the Year Awards:
Superintendent — Adam Clark, Mt. Diablo USD Secondary Principal — Megan Keefer, San Ramon Valley USD Middle Grades Principal — Deborah Brill, Albany USD Elementary Principal — Farnaz Heydari, West Contra Costa USD Central Office Administrator — Kimberly Noble, San Lorenzo USD Secondary Co-Administrator — Christopher Fortenberry, Castro Valley USD Elementary Co-Administrator — Wendy Fruit, Oakley UESD Classified Leader — Jennifer Hawkins, New Haven USD Confidential Employee — Shelly Hadley, Acalanes UHSD Personnel/Human Resources Administrator — Cheri Benafield, New Haven USD Adult Education Administrator — Steven France, Acalanes UHSD Career Technical Administrator — Amy Robbins, Tri Valley ROP Special Education Administrator — Christine Koehne, San Ramon Valley USD Business Services Administrator — Lisa Gonzales, Mt. Diablo USD Student Services Administrator — Ammar Saheli, San Lorenzo USD Curriculum & Instruction Administrator — Julie Dooley, Contra Costa COE Continuation/Ed Options Administrator — Chris Holland, Liberty UHSD Retired Administrator — Gail Yothers Technology Administrator — Greg Ko, Castro Valley USD Valuing Diversity Award — Jason Reimann, Castro Valley USD Partners in Educational Excellence Award — Chamberlin Education Foundation, West Contra Costa USD
Region winners who are ACSA members will be finalists in their category for state ACSA Administrators of the Year. Winners will be announced at the end of March and recognized at the annual Leadership Summit in November in San Diego.
From left, ACSA Region 6 Vice President, Programs Pam Hughes and Region 6 President Mark Neal announced the winners of Region 6’s Administrator of the Year awards live on Facebook on Feb. 4.
R15: Retired charter hosts former administrator/poet
Region 15’s Retired ACSA Members (RACSAM)’s February lunch meeting featured Thelma Reyna, Ph.D. Reyna is a retired administrator who talked about her post-retirement career as an award-winning poet, writer and founder of Golden Foothill Press.
Attendees were treated to Reyna’s reading of a selection of her poems and copies of her books.
Retired administrator and poet Thelma Reyna (front row, third from right) visited Region 15’s Retired ACSA Members charter’s lunch meeting in February.
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