Outstanding Educators Awarded AASA Scholarships to Attend 2017 Women Leading Education Across Continents International Conference in Brazil

James Minichello
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July gathering to showcase women in educational leadership in both
 developing and westernized nations

Alexandria, Va. – June 7, 2017 – One of the most critical components of AASA’s mission is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in public education. That’s why The School Superintendents Association is pleased to announce today the names of 10 female scholarship recipients attending the Women Leading Education (WLE) Across Continents International Conference, July 22-26, 2017, at Rio de Janeiro State University in Duque de Caxias, Brazil.

Themed “From Margins to Centers,” women educators from around the world will convene to address issues such as social justice, equity, and advancement in K-12 and higher education. “Our primary goal is to elevate the status for all women who continue to make strides in educational leadership worldwide,” said Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, AASA, co-founder of the WLE and the network’s scholarship coordinator.   

“There is an abundance of talented women principals, superintendents and other district administrators who are making a positive difference in the lives of our children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are proud of the female educators representing AASA at an event that is certain to generate rich conversations for the benefit of our schools and students. We are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting this initiative.”

The AASA members awarded scholarships include:

  • Karen Arbogast, director of elementary education, Wooster City School District, Wooster, Ohio
  • Jonique L. Burton, assistant principal, Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Aspasia Angelou Carlson, principal, John Marshall Mid-High Enterprise School, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Angela D. Coker, visiting associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Md.
  • Carletta Marrow, instructional director, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Capitol Heights, Md.
  • Julissa Alcantar-Martinez, principal, Northside High School, Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Melissa Ann McCooley, superintendent, Little Egg Harbor School District, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
  • Nova S. Meza, doctoral student, Loyola Marymount University; high school principal, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Bianca Abigail Tarango, director of special projects and strategic initiatives, Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
  • Annette G. Walters, director of special education, Warren Hills Regional School District, Washington, N.J.

The WLE was established through a partnership with AASA, the University Council for Educational Administration and Duquesne University. WLE has hosted an international conference every two years since 2007. Starting in Rome, scholars and activists for the education of women and girls through women’s leadership have met in Germany, Greece, Ghana and New Zealand.

The scholarships continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring outstanding female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. The initiative is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. 

The scholarship initiative was made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about the AASA Women in School Leadership Initiative, visit the AASA website or contact Vera Turner, project manager, at vturner@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.