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Ana Ortiz
Oxford Public Schools, Oxford, Connecticut

Career Highlights & Education: For the past 35 years, I have dedicated most of my professional career as an educator in different capacities in the State of Connecticut and Puerto Rico. My experience has been as a teacher, reading consultant, vice-principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in small and large districts from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. I have worked primarily in districts with a very diverse student population. I am proud of the way I am able to bring people together (team approach) to achieve our goals. Everyone has a voice!
What I like best about my job: The complexity of my job, which is always a moving target but so gratifying and being able to make decisions that will impact student learning in a much broader way.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Stay true to yourself! Always do what’s right because it’s the right thing to do, especially for “our kids.” 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader: Take a deep breath, take things one day at a time and always remember that you need to build positive relationships and trust in order to garner support.

If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found: I would likely be spending time with family and my three doggies.

People would be surprised to know that: I am a retired military person who served my country for 22 years as an Air National Guardsman with the Air Force.

One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS: After attending my first institute this past October, I realized how beneficial the organization can be to any administrator or Superintendent, the network that exists within the organization and the like minds in a room thinking about what we can do differently without necessarily starting from scratch and that you are not alone. Instead, being able to pick up the phone and speak to others around the nation who can support our efforts in educating all our Latino students no matter where you are.  I asked the question of many that I met, why don’t people know more about the organization, especially since it’s been around for a while? I received many answers, but I was concerned that the Northeast was not as aware. Now, it’s time to spread the word about all of the possibilities offered through this amazing organization.