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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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Jul 27, 2016

Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego, Superintendent of the 'To’Hajiilee Community Schools on the Navajo Nation, in New Mexico. Karen previously worked with The New Mexico Public Education Department as Assistant Director of Educator Quality, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction with the Arlington Public Schools, in Arlington Virginia. Karen also served as principal, assistant principal, high school and middle school teacher, with the Albuquerque Public Schools.  Karen was instrumental in the development of one of the first Small Learning Community programs in New Mexico and in the country.  Karen was selected as one of New Mexico’s 20 Women Making a Difference in Education; and was selected as a recipient for the Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.

Jul 20, 2016

Dr. Angelica Ramsey has a deep history in public education.  She has just begun her first superintendency in the Pleasant Valley School District, and is thrilled at the opportunity.  Prior to her becoming a superintendent, Angelica served as Chief Academic Officer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  She shares part of that experience during our conversation.  She has been a principal, teacher, coach, etc. 

Jul 10, 2016

Lily DeBlieux was born in New York, where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. In 1973, the family moved to Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.

Her professional preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PHD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also obtained a Business Administration (BA) . Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true love: Education. degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Her experiences include Director of Religious Education at a military base, Lily has been a teacher, Elementary Principal, Middle School Dean, Assistant Superintendent, Adjunct Professor, ESOL Instructor, Business Owner, and Volunteer Extraordinaire.  Lily was appointed Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May, 2014. She loves her community and is excited to work with a school board that supports moving the school district to the next level of achievement.
 
Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community. She is active in many organizations to include Glendale West Rotary, Leadership West Class 22, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and more. As an educator she founded Si NoYo, Quien?, in 2015, a company offering her services as a motivational speaker and trainer, to  empower  women to reach new heights in their personal lives and careers. She is married to her best friend, Earl, a retired chaplain who served 30 years in the United States Air Force. She has two children; Joel, a Network Engineer who owns his own business in Ft. Myers. FL and Dr. Linda, a Pharmacist in Tucson, AZ. She has one granddaughter, Evangeline.
 
Jul 10, 2016

Richard Carranza is the Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.  Richard began his tenure as Superintendent in July, 2012.  During his tenure, Richard has led the implementation of numerous initiatives that have resulted in continuous improvement for the students of his school district. 

Richard has served as teacher, site and district administrator, and superintendent.  These experienced have provided Richard with a perspective on the challenges and opportunities unique to public education.  In addition, having entered the public school system speaking no English, Richard experienced first-hand the transformational power of access and equity in providing a rich and rewarding education to all students.

Jul 8, 2016

Luis Valentino is the host of District Leader, 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 journey, and the successes and challenges they have faced along the way.

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