Arizona Republic – January 20, 2011
The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona has named 11 finalists for the 2011 Rodel Exemplary Principal award from Maricopa, Pinal and Yavapai counties. These finalists from high-need schools have been selected for their ability to inspire their staffs to contribute to the success and development of a safe, high-achieving campus.
The seven winners will be announced Sunday in The Arizona Republic. Each winner will be awarded $5,000 in savings bonds and will mentor three Rodel Aspiring Principals for two years to help them prepare for future school-leadership roles.
Here are the 11 finalists:
-�Wendy Cohen, principal of Yavapai Elementary in Scottsdale, in the Scottsdale Unified School District. She lives in Scottsdale.
-�Kathy Davis, principal of Sevilla West in Phoenix, in the Alhambra Elementary School District. She lives in Goodyear.
-�Christine Hollingsworth, principal of Acacia Elementary in Phoenix, in the Washington Elementary School District. She lives in Peoria.
-�Joanne Kramer, principal of McCartney Ranch Elementary in Casa Grande, in the Casa Grande Elementary School District. She lives in Casa Grande.
-�Jennifer Murrieta, principal of Desert Willow Elementary in Casa Grande, in the Casa Grande Elementary School District. She lives in Stanfield.
-�Diane Pesch, principal of Discovery in Glendale, in the Glendale Elementary School District. She lives in Glendale.
-�Carrie Prielipp, principal of Sunset Ridge Elementary in Glendale, in the Pendergast Elementary School District. She lives in Litchfield Park.
-�Lisa Sandomir, principal of M.C. Cash Elementary in Phoenix, in the Laveen Elementary School District. She lives in Phoenix.
-�Randy Watkins, principal of Michael Anderson in Avondale, in the Avondale Elementary School District. He lives in Surprise.
-�Michael Winters, principal of Cheatham Elementary in Laveen, in the Laveen Elementary School District. He lives in Sun City.
-�Cole Young, principal of Humboldt Elementary in Humboldt, in the Humboldt Unified School District. He lives in Humboldt.
Finalists were nominated by their district superintendent. Researchers reviewed the nominations, examined school data, interviewed the candidates and met with teachers and staff.
Rodel President and CEO Carol Peck said the 11 finalists, plus three more in Pima County, demonstrated “they can raise student achievement and lead a school to success.”
To date, 50 Aspiring Principals have been mentored by Exemplary Principals. Half already have accepted administrative positions in high-need Arizona schools, Peck said.
Scottsdale-based Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative to recognize outstanding school principals and populate a pipeline of skilled school leaders for Arizona’s most challenging schools.