|Lizi Aguilar-Nelson named Elementary Principal of Year|
Lizi Aguilar-Nelson, Richmond Elementary School Principal in Salem-Keizer since 2007, has been named the Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). This award automatically places Aguilar-Nelson in the running for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in corporate partnership with VALIC.
Lizi has been with the Salem-Keizer school district for the past eight years and principal of Richmond for the last five years. In her short time at Richmond she has helped bring them from one of the most distressed schools in the Salem-Keizer district to the top Title I school in Salem. The achievement gap has narrowed and in some cases even reversed. She has expanded the bilingual instruction to grades 2-5 and introduced Literacy Squared methodology. In addition, she has introduced Professional Learning Communities to the staff.
Under Aguilar-Nelson’s leadership parent involvement has increased as
well as the parent expectations of the students. She has successfully
reached out to all family types and backgrounds in the Richmond
community. One of the ways in which she did this was through the
implementation of the Safe and Civil Schools program. Through this
program a dramatic difference in school culture, expectations and
student conduct were noted.
Salem-Keizer School District serves approximately 40,378 students in 43
elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 8 high schools and 4 charter
schools. It is the second largest school district in Oregon. 60% of
the student population is considered living in poverty based on the
numbers who are receiving the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program.
Approximately 63 different languages (other than English) are heard at
home by Salem-Keizer students. Richmond Elementary services about 350
students in grades K-5, 78% of those are Receiving Free and Reduced
|This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 .|