District Leader

District Leader: Transforming Education is a podcast about moving and inspiring educators and non-educators alike to believe in the power of education, its leaders, and its transformation. Each week, host Luis Valentino interviews district leaders who share their stories.
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Sep 28, 2016

Michael Lubelfeld Ed.D. is the Superintendent of Schools, Deerfield Public Schools, in Deerfield, IL (DPS 109). In addition, he has worked as an adjunct professor, advisor, and supervisor at Chicago-area Universities in the Department of Educational Leadership. A public school educator and educational leader for nearly 25 years, Lubelfeld has served as an assistant superintendent, a middle school associate principal, a principal, and a middle school teacher, teaching social studies, reading, and civics. Earning his doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction allowed Lubelfeld to test theories of learning in action. He was named one of the top 5 Bammy Superintendent Finalists, he is a fierce advocate for Illinois Vision 20/20, he was honored as one of three finalists for the 2015 NASS (National Association of School Superintendents) superintendent of the year award, and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat the first Wednesday of every month at 7PM (with Nick Polyak of Leyden High School District).

Sep 21, 2016
Dr. Shane Hotchkiss is the Superintendent of the Bermudian Springs School District, York Springs, PA. Shane went earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a M.ED. in Education with a certification as a Reading Specialist, from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his principal certification from Pennsylvania State University and his Doctorate from Widener University.
Shane began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher in the New Kent County School District, in VA.  He has served as a teacher and administrator in the Central Dauphin School District, in PA. He is in his 5th year as superintendent of the Bermudian Springs School District, where he also served as an assistant superintendent.
Shane has been a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) since 2011, serving on the Professional Development Committee since 2013. He has participated in and presented at association sponsored professional development programs including the New Superintendents’ Academy, and has represented the Association on important issues. Most recently, he advocated in Harrisburg for a fair state budget that supports the needs of the students of Pennsylvania. Shane has been an active member of the American Association of School Administrators since 2012, having completed the National Superintendent Certification Program and now serves as one of the Pennsylvania representatives on the AASA Governing Board. Shane was also recognized as a 2010 ASCD Emerging Leader.
Sep 15, 2016

David Tebo is the Superintendent for the Hamilton Community Schools, Hamilton, Michigan.  David is a passionate superintendent. He is a father, husband and avid reader who relentlessly seeks ways to meet the needs of ALL students. David has been an elementary teacher, a building principal, and is now in his second superintendency, serving students. A life-long learner, David constantly looks for ways to connect education to the world around us. He sees today's technological resources as a way to design new learning experiences that meet ALL learners where they are, giving them skills and context for their learning.

Sep 7, 2016

Dr. Danna Diaz is the Superintendent of the San Juan School District in Washington. Danna has served the interest of public schools spanning 4 decades in various positions in both large and small school systems. Her administrative career includes 20 years as an Administrator in eleven districts across four states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington.

Known for her no non-sense attitude and unparalleled work ethic, Danna’s reputation in the education community precedes her - which is why she was asked to join the San Juan Island School District.  Prior to joining the San Juan Island School District, Danna worked as an Area Superintendent for the El Paso ISD, as Director of Student Engagement for the Fort Worth ISD.  She was instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of district programs and services that address academic achievement, student leadership development, school completion and college readiness.

In addition, for all the years she tirelessly worked her way through the ranks, her proudest moment includes not one, but two Teacher of the Year awards earning the respect of her peers and high level administrators.