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April 25, 2022
R16: Region holds Cultural Proficiency Conference
ACSA Region 16 hosted their first Cultural Proficiency Conference on March 27 at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
The conference was the brainchild of Region 16 Cultural Proficiency Director Simone Charles and Region 16 Special Events Coordinator Angel J. Barrett.
In August 2021, the Region 16 Executive Board voted to add three board positions to reflect the Board’s values: Cultural Proficiency, Women in Leadership (Sandra Escartin) and Communications (Maria Manzo).
Region 16 held its first Cultural Proficiency Conference on March 27.
R12: Administrators of the Year announced
Region 12 has completed evaluations and made a final determination of the winners in its 2022 Administrator of the Year Awards.
In addition to the winners listed below, Region 12 hopes to fete its first-ever recipient of the Dr. Margaret Hill Social Justice Award (TBA) at its region Spring Celebration Awards Dinner on May 2, 2022 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.
Superintendent: Ted Alejandre (SBCSS) Secondary Principal: Natalie Raymundo (SBCUSD) Middle Grades Principal: Todd Finkbiner (Chino Valley USD) Elementary Principal: Denise Fee (Redlands USD) Central Office Administrator: Paolina Schiro (SBCSS) Secondary Co-Administrator: Kenneth Bencomo (Fontana USD) Classified Leader: Tammie Vaught (Chaffey Joint USD) Personnel/H.R. Administrator: Shana Smith-Pursche (SBCUSD) Adult Education Administrator: Adele McClain (Apple Valley USD) Career Technical Education Administrator: Shelley Adams (Baldy View ROP) Special Education Administrator: Heidi Burgett (Morongo USD) Educational Options Administrator: Don English (SBCSS) Student Services Administrator: Marlene Bicondova (SBCUSD) Valuing Diversity Award: Cherina Betters (SBCSS) Partners in Educational Excellence Award: “Shop with a Cop: Back to School Teacher’s Edition,” Sponsor: Corina Paramo (SBCSS) Wilson Grace R-12 Award: Sherman Garnett (Ret.) Every Student Succeeding Awards: Nancy Moussa (student at David Stine Chaffey West) and Natalie Bracamontes (student at Upland USD). Moussa’s award is made possible by a generous donation from Alexander Mattison, the region’s ESS recipient in 2016.
R5: Award winners celebrated at ceremony
Region 5 celebrated its Administrators of the Year during an awards ceremony March 23 at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco.
ACSA officers were also sworn in for their new terms.
Region 5 is proud to celebrate the following winners:
Retired Administrator: Susan Saunders, United Administrators of San Francisco Emeritus Valuing Diversity: Gina Sudaria, Superintendent, Ravenswood City SD Elementary Co-Administrator: Megan Gurka, Assistant Principal, Bay Side Academy, San Mateo-Foster City USD Secondary Co-Administrator: Adrienne Smith, Assistant Principal, Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco USD Elementary Principal: Sean Higgins, Principal, Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8, Jefferson Elementary SD Secondary Principal: Tami Benau, Principal, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, San Francisco USD Continuation/Educational Options Administrator: Anastasha Klafter, Principal, Independence High School, San Francisco USD Classified Leader: Nell Curran, Wellness Coordinator, Las Lomitas Elementary SD Special Education Administrator: Anjanette Pelletier, Director, School Services of California Special Education Administrator: Stephanie Sheridan, Executive Director of Student Services, Menlo Park City SD Curriculum and Instruction Administrator: Pamela Bartfield, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, San Mateo Foster City SD Curriculum and Instruction Administrator: Jammie Behrendt, Assistant Superintendent, Menlo Park City SD Personnel/HR Administrator: Jay Spaulding, Assist. Superintendent, HR & Student Services, South San Francisco USD Central Office Administrator: Jill Hoogendyk, Chief of Staff, San Francisco USD Superintendent: Roberta Zarea, Superintendent, Portola Valley School District Superintendent: Nancy Magee, Superintendent, San Mateo Office of Education George Hurley Outstanding Service Award: John Nazar, Principal, Half Moon Bay HS, Cabrillo Unified School District Every Student Succeeding Award: Deysia Teofilo, Baden High School, South San Francisco Unified School District.
Region 5 Administrators of the Year were celebrated at a ceremony March 23.
Region 5 Administrators of the Year were celebrated at a ceremony March 23.
Region 5 incoming officers were sworn in on March 23.
R15: Thompson chosen as district Woman of the Year
State Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) has named Maria Thompson as Woman of the Year in the education subcategory for Senate District 22. Thompson was honored in March to coincide with National Women’s History Month. Thompson is director of Student Services, Equity, Access, Outreach & Innovation in the Charter Oak Unified School District. She also sits on ACSA’s Board of Directors representing Region 15. She has worked in the education field for over 34 years and strives to supply students with tools for success in their academic careers.
State Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) has named Maria Thompson as Woman of the Year in the education subcategory for Senate District 22.
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