Pilar Vazquez-Vialva, our Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, has been named the ACSA Region 8 Outstanding Administrator of the Year in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.
As most of you know, Pilar is a champion for equity, considering the needs for all students and addressing a system that may inadvertently place barriers to success for some students.
Pilar has brought the National Equity Project to Morgan Hill, inviting a number of administrators and teachers to join in the work. In December of 2022, Pilar received a letter that based on her work with Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network with the National Equity Project that our district is considered for a visit from the US Department of Education in 2023 to spotlight at least eight leading school districts across the country that are making meaningful investments in innovative, evidence-based policies and practice that center whole-child learning and development and can be elevated as exemplars for the broader education ecosystem.
In Morgan Hill, Pilar is leading the work to create a commitment and ways of working aligned with the whole child, especially opening Wellness Centers and spaces at all our campuses, creating a student-voice BELE council at the high schools - a safe place to discuss race, discrimination, bias, and other challenging topics from the students' experiences, creating a "9th Grade on Track" focused counseling program at the high schools, and creating and offering an innovative summer option "Freshman Success" for all in-coming 9th grade students. She is committed to ongoing training in the areas of MTSS and Restorative Justice.
Congratulations, Pilar, on your well-deserved recognition! Our students and staff benefit from your leadership. You are an inspiration to the work we do every day to make a positive impact on the students we serve!