By Staff Reports
(Adelanto)– AESD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Edwin Gomez views education as the cornerstone of opportunity in life. For this veteran administrator, education and encouragement are very important gifts that give a new generation of students the opportunity at a better future and life.
Recently, Dr. Gomez was recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the Administrator of the Year in the field of Curriculum and Instruction, a prestigious award that Dr. Gomez credits to others. “There are so many great things happening in our district and this award is just an indication that we are heading in the right direction in educating our students,” Gomez said.
The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971. ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 14,500 school leaders.
The educator welcomed the award, but stressed that the real prize for individuals like him is to implement and arm children with a quality of education that can help them attended college and, ultimately, become productive members of society. “We are trying to work with all of our students to really connect with them not only in an academic setting, but also in a cultural and family setting. Showing students that you care for their well being can make a big difference,” he added.
AESD Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux said the achievement by Dr. Gomez is a well-deserved recognition to his years of devotion to education. “Dr. Gomez possesses the character, the leadership skills and the level of accomplishment to make him very worthy of this award,” Dr. DeBlieux said. “Edwin is an exceptional team-builder and collaborative problem-solver who works tirelessly to improve instruction and supporting professional development for teachers and staff. Working with him is a pleasure because his skills and attitude strengthen our school district.”
Dr. Gomez said that programs AESD has launched, such as the writing initiative and implementation of the Star Assessment Program, are designed to mold to the reality and challenges that represent educating a child in the 21st Century. “Our population has a lot of high poverty students with low socio-economic backgrounds. We work towards closing the achievement gap and give them the necessary pieces to be successful.”
Gomez underlined that AESD will continue to offer children a quality education. “Our teachers and staff work very hard and for me it’s not about awards. This is my calling in life and my goal is to continue educating young minds.”