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TUSD develops new leaders through the Leadership Prep Academy

Posted April 1, 2015

A group of educational leaders are learning what it takes to be effective principals through TUSD's Leadership Prep Academy (LPA). This program has been designed to develop, cultivate, and grow the leadership capacity within those who aspire to fill leadership roles in the district. Predominately focused on developing campus principals, participants recommended to participate in the LPA may also be selected to serve as assistant principals and other key leadership positions within the district.

The LPA is an 8-month leadership preparation program for aspiring leaders who have clearly demonstrated leadership skills and contributed to the betterment of their current assignment. As such, participants will be part of a cohort led by top leaders in the district. Each LPA will be grounded in the ISLLC Standards for leadership and will be taught by a member of the Superintendent's Leadership Team. In addition, participants will be engaged in book studies, attend board meetings, and be responsible for a culminating project.

Candidates for the Leadership Prep Academy are selected from those who have been recommended by their principal, director, assistant superintendent, chief, or deputy superintendent. Candidates recommended to participate in the LPA must have demonstrated clear leadership qualities in their current position or assignment. These qualities consist of being a strong team member, going above and beyond with their duties, responsibilities, and assignments, being dependable and reliable, maintaining a positive attitude, and having a proven track record of making a difference on their campus or department. From those recommended, central leadership selects 20-25 members to participate in the Leadership Prep Academy.

We congratulate the 2015 LPA participants for their dedicated involvement in this program!

Leadership Prep Academy 2015

Back row, from left: Richard Foster, Sr. Director of Curriculum Deployment; Robert "Bobby" Estrella, Sahuaro High school Principal; Frank Armenta, Cholla High Magnet School Principal; Cathy Adams, Vesey Elementary Teacher/Coach; Megan Chavez, Teacher Mentor; Nathan Edwards, Cragin Elementary Interim Principal; Antasio Holley, Catalina High School Assistant Principal; Eric Brock Palo Verde High Magnet School Principal; Red Morrow, Interscholastics Program Coordinator; Stephen Patrick, Secrist Middle School Teacher
Front row, from left: Murray Lewis Jr., C.E. Rose K-8 Teacher; Kathryn Gunnels, Rincon High School Learning Supports Coordinator; Sharon Herring, Robison Magnet Coordinator; Elizabeth Rodriguez-Quihuis, White Elementary Learning Supports Coordinator; Diana Johnson, Ford Elementary Counselor; Emily Walls, Banks Elementary Teacher Coach; Veronica Duran, Magee Assistant Principal; Yvonne Torres, Mansfeld Middle School Assistant Principal; Mary Morse, Santa Rita Assistant Principal; Andrea Evans, Drachman Elementary Teacher; Deanna Harris, Kellond Elementary Interim Principal; William Fosmire, Davidson Elementary Teacher; Alberto Ranjel III, Rincon Program Coordinator; Renee Arakaki, Title I Program Coordinator; Dr. Adrian Vega, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning