Local educators recognized as Administrators of the Year
bakersfield – Region XI of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) recognized 12 Tulare County educators as Administrators of the Year for their achievements and their dedication to public education at an awards luncheon in Bakersfield on May 2.
Among them were administrators blazing new paths in education in the foothills area. Dr. Jeremy Powell, Superintendent/Principal of Sequoia Union School District in Lemon Cove, was named the region’s Superintendent/Principal of the Year. Powell believes that it takes a team with a common vision to promote the success of each child at Sequoia Union, which recently became a charter school. He reminds his staff and students that good character, a positive attitude, helping others and hard work are the keys to success.
His teachers, parents and students are eager to get involved in every aspect of school and community life to promote each child’s success, as well as the success of the overall school community. Powell is determined to do all he can do to support, encourage and promote finding the best in every child, parent and staff member at Sequoia Union.
“Dr. Powell is truly a dedicated advocate for all children … his leadership has had an impact on a generation that will have a positive impact in their community,” said Fernie Marroquin, Ed.D., Superintendent, Oak Valley Union Elementary School District. Powell will also be recognized as the ACSA state award winner in this category in November at the ACSA Leadership Summit in San Jose.
Tony Casares, Director of Educational Options, Woodlake Unified School District (WUSD) was recognized as the Adult Education Administrator of the Year. Casares lives by “the glass is half-full” mentality when it comes to working with the adult education population.
“It does not matter to [Casares] what has occurred in a person’s past as much as it is about where the adult is now and what that adult would like to pursue educationally,” said Drew Sorensen, Superintendent, WUSD.
The Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year went to Darin Pace, Principal of Kaweah High School. During his time overseeing Exeter Unified School District’s (EUSD) continuation high school, Pace as epitomized the belief that all students can learn and we can teach all students.
This is a high standard indeed and one that is not merely given lip service by Pace and his team … it is Kaweah High School’s vision and mission under Pace’s leadership. Kaweah students and staff have flourished because of his vision.
“Darin implemented a focused improvement plan once he became principal of Kaweah High School … his worked earned the school the national Model Continuation School Award and WASC accreditation,” said Tim Hire, Superintendent, EUSD.
The 12 Tulare County educators were selected from ACSA’s Region XI, which encompasses the counties of Mono, Inyo, Kern, Tulare and Kings. Nine other Tulare County educators were honored for outstanding performance and achievement as Administrators of the Year in various categories. A few others are:
• Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year: William Davis, Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), Visalia Unified School District (VUSD).
• Central Office Administrator of the Year – County/District: Tony Velásquez, Migrant Director/Administrator, Tulare County Office of Education.
• Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year: Carli Hawkins, Assistant Principal, Curriculum & Instruction, Green Acres Middle School, VUSD.
• Secondary Principal of the Year: Angela Sanchez, Principal, El Diamanté High School, VUSD.
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. ACSA’s top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners.
Their mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond. For more information or to join, go to acsa.org.