Educators, Graduate Students Recognized for Completing AASA Urban Superintendents Academy® Programs at National Conference on Education

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Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 16, 2018 – In response to the challenges facing public school districts in America’s urban communities, AASA, The School Superintendents Association is pleased to announce the names of the outstanding educators who completed the organization’s Urban Superintendents Academy® programs. Today’s announcement was made at the 2018 National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school system leaders are discussing the most critical issues in public education.  

The conference is also serving as a platform to highlight AASA’s I Love Public Education campaign, a yearlong initiative designed to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations who will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.

The Academy is a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification. AASA has launched distinct partnerships with Howard University and the University of Southern California to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.

“The partnership between AASA, Howard University and the University of Southern California provides a wealth of opportunities for aspiring superintendents who wish to become school district leaders in urban communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “In addition to honoring the graduates of our Urban Academy programs, we are also thanking them for their commitment to excellence in public education. These educators have demonstrated a willingness to be champions for children. We wish them the best in their careers.”

The Urban Superintendents Academy® is recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. Drawing on strengths of its members and partners, AASA brings the most effective and inspiring thought leader practitioners to serve as instructors, mentors and presenters.  

The AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy® cohort graduates were:

  • William Blake, administrator, Charles County Public Schools, La Plata, Md.
  • Barbara Boakye, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Marilyn D. Brew, Army medical department colonel (retired), U.S. Army Medical Department, Fort Knox, Ky.
  • Jean-Paul J. Cadet, principal, Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Md.
  • Carlton Carter, Sr. executive director, Fort Washington, Md.
  • Angela Chapman, instructional superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicole Clifton, principal, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Shaneena Cole-McDonnaugh, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Angelica R. Collins, regional human capital manager, DeKalb County School District, Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Joseph Corazzini, director, Community Relations, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, Mass.
  • Chase Frazer, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Gadson, educational consultant, West Metro Education Program and Education System Management, Inc., New Hope, Minn.
  • Tajah M. Gross, principal, Accelerated Academic Programs, Baltimore, Md.
  • DeAngela Hill, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Candra Hodges, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Cheryl Jones, principal, Columbus City School District, Columbus, Ohio
  • Cecelia E. Jones-Bowlding, principal, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Mark E. King, deputy chief, Operations, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington D. C.
  • Nardos E. King, executive director, School Support, Baltimore County Public School District, Towson, Md.
  • Kristin Latus, director, Leadership Development, Racine Unified School District, Racine, Wis.
  • Nicole MacTavish, deputy superintendent, Richland School District 400, Richland, Wash.
  • Rushinda McCullough, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Thea Mitchell-Anderson, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tricia Rock, principal, Fulton County School District, Fairburn, Ga.
  • Duane Ross, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Sekou Sankofa, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Amy Schechter, assistant superintendent, Riverview Gardens School District, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Tamara A. Sterling, superintendent, Franklin City Public Schools, Franklin, Va.
  • Leeson Taylor, II, former superintendent, Greenville Public Schools, Greenville, Miss.
  • Stephen Thompson, superintendent, Willoughby-Eastlake City School District, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
  • Alphonso Warfield, principal, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, Texas
  • Amber Williams, graduate student, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Renee T. Willis, superintendent, Richmond Heights Local Schools, Richmond Heights, Ohio
  • Sean Yisrael, director, Maya Angelou Charter Schools, Washington, D.C.

THE AASA/USC Urban Superintendents Academy® cohort graduates were:

  • Mala Ahuja, assistant superintendent, Sunnyvale School District, Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Jason Angle, assistant superintendent, Perris Elementary School District, Perris, Calif.
  • Lisa Marie Gonzales, assistant superintendent, Dublin Unified School District, Dublin, Calif.
  • Robert Hughes, deputy superintendent, Westside Union School District, Quartz Hill, Calif.
  • Cheryl Jordan, superintendent, Milpitas Unified School District, Milpitas, Calif.
  • Rebekah Kim, district director of instructional supports, Highline School District 401, Burien, Wash.
  • Jay Mann, chief of business operations and development, Creighton School District 14, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Vincent Mays, former principal, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.
  • Norma D. Moreno, founding principal, Clemente Charter School, Maywood, Calif.
  • Keith Nuthall, principal, Escondido Union High School District, Escondido, Calif.
  • Christopher Ortiz, superintendent, Luther Burbank School District, San Jose, Calif.
  • Erin M. Simon, director of student support services, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Ramón R. Zavala, assistant superintendent, Morgan Hill Unified School District, Morgan Hill, Calif.

For more information about AASA’s Urban Superintendents Academy®, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services and awards, at msherman@aasa.org.

For more information about the 2018 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.

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