ALAS Announces 2018-2019 Superintendents Leadership Academy Class

  • Posted on: 30 July 2018

Contact:  Dr. Nancy Lewin, Executive Director,

ALAS Announces 2018-2019 Superintendents Leadership Academy Class

WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 1, 2018—The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is proud to announce the participants selected for Cohort VIII of the Superintendents Leadership Academy. The leadership development program runs through May 2019.

The Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) is designed to prepare the next generation of Latino education leaders to serve as superintendents. With a rigorous application and interview process, 16 outstanding educators emerged from across the nation and were selected to engage in the year-long leadership opportunity. 

The program participants, representing 10 states across the country, are:

Dr. Cesar Alvarez

Assistant Principal

Houston Independent School District

Houston, TX


Dr. Maria Joie Dolores Austria

Interim Director, Office of English Language Learners

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, TN


Dr. Felipe Baez

Instructional Leadership Coordinator for Literacy 

Tolleson Union High School District

Tolleson, AZ


Dr. Carmen Beck

Chief Academic Officer

Inglewood Unified School District

Inglewood, CA


Juan Ceja

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Tolleson Union High School District

Tolleson, AZ


Dr. Angelica Ernst


Huff Elementary 

School District U-46

Elgin, IL


Joanne Fimbres

Chief Financial Officer

Pendergast Elementary School District #92

Phoenix, AZ


Dr. Ricardo Garcia

Executive Director for Ancillary Services

Plainview Independent School District

Plainview, TX


Amber Lee

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Washington Unified School District

West Sacramento, CA


Dr. Karla Loria

Human Resources and Student Support Officer

Harrison School District 2

Colorado Springs, CO


Dr. Alex Marrero


T.E.A.M 254 - I.S. 254

New York City Department of Education

New York, NY


Dr. Daisy Morales


Two Way Bilingual Immersion and Structured English Immersion Programs

San Jose Unified School District

San Jose, CA


Jose M. Posado

Instructional Director

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles, CA


Odalys Gordillo Pritchard

Area Leadership Coach/Deputy to the Area Superintendent 

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tampa, FL


LeAnne Salazar


Questa Independent Schools

Questa, NM


Dr. Victor Vergara

Director of Bilingual Education

Walla Walla School District

Walla Walla, WA


Since its inception in 2009, more than 90 school leaders have graduated from the SLA, with many serving as school superintendents throughout the country. Notable graduates of the program include Richard Carranza, chancellor of New York City Schools; Dr. Ivan Duran, superintendent of Bellevue School District in Washington.; Dr. Danna Diaz, superintendent of Reynolds School District in Oregon; Dino Coronado, superintendent of Roosevelt School District #66 in Arizona; Guadalupe Guerrero, superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Oregon; Susan Cordova, deputy superintendent, Denver Public Schools; and Dr. Lily DeBlieux, superintendent of Pendergast Elementary School District in Arizona. 

“The U.S. Latino population continues to grow, with those under the age of 18 comprising one-third of our community,” ALAS Executive Director Dr. Nancy Lewin said. “We must cultivate and support leaders who can meet the needs of these young people and their families. ALAS is proud of the legacy we are creating -- in collaboration with Latino education leaders across the country – to better serve Latino students.” 

Participants were selected for the program based on their proven record of leadership and dedication to raising the level of achievement for all students, especially students of color and English Language Learners. The program also evaluates their demonstrated efforts to serve the needs of children and their families.

The year-long program will cover Curriculum & Instruction/Assessment; Equity Leadership and Community Engagement; Governance and Strategic Planning; Leadership and Preparing to Become a Superintendent; Management Systems & Structures; Closing the Technology and Opportunity Gap; and Government Relations. Experienced superintendents and other educational professionals will share their expertise at the sessions.

ALAS partner ACT, dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success,has generously sponsored the Superintendents Leadership Academy since 2011.