“WHY? Because I know the power ONE caring adult who inspires hope and doesn't destroy dreams can have on a teen. And I know that as a principal I have the ability to surround those students with many adults who share my vision.”
Alicia Alvarez has been the school leader at Alta Vista High School since they opened their doors in September of 2003. Alta Vista High School is rated an “A” school by the Arizona Department of Education and has been for two consecutive years. They’re accredited by Advanc-ED/North Central Association.
According to the Rodel Foundation of Arizona press release, “Rodel Exemplary Principals represent some of the best school leaders that Arizona has to offer,” said Howard Paley, Rodel Chief Operating Officer. “The individuals in our high-need communities are positively impacted by these educators’ abilities to foster a positive culture where everyone is held to high standards of academic growth and student learning.”
Finalists were nominated and then researchers reviewed the nominees, examined school data, visited the schools, interviewed the candidates and met with teachers and staff to select the finalists. The Exemplary Principals are from schools in high need communities and are chosen for their “demonstrated ability to inspire their staff to contribute to school-wide success and the development of a campus that is high achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming.”
Alvarez is the youngest of 11 and was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. She received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona in 1992 and went on to receive her master’s in education leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1997. She also has a structured English immersion endorsement.
She has 21 years of experience in education and in addition to her role as school leader, currently serves on Qualified Assurance Review Teams for Advanc-ed, as a mentor/trainer for The Leona Group’s Aspiring School Leader program and as Regional Vice President for The Leona Group, overseeing two other Leona Group schools in Arizona. She has worked for The Leona Group since November of 2000.
“Ms. Alvarez is an exceptional leader. She and her staff are a strong, passionate team of committed professionals who are positively impacting the lives of young people every day,” said Dr. William Coats, chief executive officer of The Leona Group. “We are very proud of our Alta Vista family and their many successes.”
Alvarez became the youngest female in District 5500 to become president of a Rotary Club in 1999, and was also named “Rotarian of the Year.” In 1997, she was presented the Capstone Award by former Attorney General Janet Napolitano for her work with teen mothers. Ms.Alvarez’s passion in working with teenagers has led to an enriching career in education.
“She has been the epitome of an exemplary leader, of what we want our leaders to be,” said Michele Kaye, chief operating officer of The Leona Group. “She is incredibly passionate about what she does, she’s dedicated to providing better opportunities for students and for her community.”
According to the Rodel Foundation of Arizona President and CEO Jackie Norton, “A great principal builds and supports a school culture where students, staff, teachers and community members can work together to provide the best education and opportunities for all students. We’re proud to recognize the leadership qualities exhibited by these outstanding principals, and look forward to working with them as they mentor and inspire the school leaders of tomorrow.”
For two years, each cohort of Exemplary Principals provides professional development, field experience, and ongoing mentorship to a class of Rodel Aspiring Principals. See the full press release from Rodel Foundation of Arizona:http://www.rodelaz.org/2015/01/06/press-release-rodel-announces-2015-rodel-exemplary-principal-finalists/
Read more about Alicia Alvarez: http://www.rodelaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Alvarez-Alicia_Finalist.pdf
ABOUT ALTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
Alta Vista High School (AVHS) is a fully accredited free, public charter school in Tucson, Arizona educating grades 9-12. Alta Vista opened in 2003 and received an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education. The mission of AVHS is to provide each student a diverse education in a safe and supportive environment that promotes respect, self-discipline, creativity, academic excellence and service to the community. Alta Vista is managed by The Leona Group, L.L.C. and is accredited by Advanc-ED/North Central Association. For more information, visit www.altavistahs.com.
ABOUT THE LEONA GROUP, L.L.C.
The Leona Group was founded in 1996 by Dr. William Coats, a national leader in education reform. TLG currently manages nearly 60 school sites in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and is among the largest education service providers in the United States.
Foundational to The Leona Group is the belief that all children, regardless of ethnicity or economic status, can learn and achieve. This belief permeates throughout the organization and is vibrant in each Leona-managed school. For this reason, Leona Group schools are located in primarily urban areas where there is the greatest need for educational choice and opportunity. Leona delivers a quality choice in public school education, focusing on excellence in education in safe, caring environments. Each school program is tailored to the specific needs of its community and demonstrates continual improvement, as measured by increasing student academic achievement in concert with social, behavioral and emotional development.
For more information, visit www.leonagroup.com.