NCUST Awards First 16 Recipients of the National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence

On October 13th, NCUST awarded the first 16 recipients of the National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence.  This new certificate is designed to commend outstanding principals who have demonstrated impressive evidence of their impact on educational equity and excellence in the school they lead.  The first recipients are principals who lead schools that are the 2020 winners of the America’s Best Urban Schools Award.  Each of the principals helped their schools achieved multiple indicators of progress toward educational equity and excellence.

National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence.

This initial cohort of winners included 

Chris Holland
Earl Warren Elementary
Garden Grove Unified School District
Garden Grove, CA

Ryan Baker
Parkview Elementary
Garden Grove Unified School District
Garden Grove, CA

Olivia Hufnagel
R. F. Hazard Elementary 
Garden Grove Unified School District
Garden Grove, CA

George Martinez
Thomas Paine Elementary 
Garden Grove Unified School District
Garden Grove, CA

Lynn Hardin
Ethel M. Evans Elementary
Garden Grove Unified School District
Garden Grove, CA

Alexa Sorden
Concourse Village Elementary
Community School District 7
Bronx, NY

Theresa Villafuerte
Ruben Gallegos Elementary 
Brownsville Independent School District
Brownsville, TX

Sherry Stout
A.X. Benavides Elementary 
Brownsville Independent School District
Brownsville, TX

Rachel Ayala
Hubert R. Hudson Elementary
Brownsville Independent School District
Brownsville, TX

Billy J. Cobos
Mariano Gonzalez Sr. Elementary
Brownsville Independent School District
Brownsville, TX

Blanca Lambarri
Homer Hanna Early College High School 
Brownsville Independent School District
Brownsville, TX

Rosa Alonso
Horace Mann Elementary
Glendale Unified School District
Glendale, CA

M. Theresa Corona
Silver Wing Elementary
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Chula Vista, CA

Dr. Marisol Robledo
Mueller Charter School 
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Chula Vista, CA

Anthony DeLuca
 Rolando Park Elementary
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego, CA

Lauren Mailhiot
James DeAnda Elementary
Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX

Simultaneously, NCUST announced another route through which principals and assistant principals could earn the National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence.  This fall, NCUST is launching a program designed to support school leaders in establishing, pursuing, and achieving challenging equity goals.  This 100% virtual program includes short courses, one-on-one coaching from NCUST executive coaches, and multiple opportunities to engage with leaders from high-performing urban schools.

To learn more about the program, Click the link below.

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