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.
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.
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.
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.
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.