The ACSA annually recognizes professional administrators in 19 regions throughout the state for their ongoing commitment to education. Region 6 includes Contra Costa and Alameda counties, and within that region are 21 charters. The Delta Charter includes the Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Liberty, Byron, Brentwood and Knightsen school districts.
The 2010 Region 6 honorees are: ReJois Frazier-Myers, central office administrator, Pittsburg Unified School District; Clarence Isadore, secondary principal, Antioch Unified School District (AUSD); Scott Bergerhouse, secondary principal, AUSD; Cardenas Shackelford, secondary co-administrator, AUSD; Mary Vinciguerra, curriculum and instruction administrator, Liberty Union High School District (LUHSD); Andy Parsons, secondary principal, LUHSD; Michele Gaudinier, elementary principal, Oakley Union School District; Michael Bowen, elementary principal, Brentwood Union School District; Brian Burnight, elementary principal, Bryon Union School District and Teresa Sidrian, business services administrator, Knightsen School District.
“I am very proud of the talented leadership we have here in East County and it makes me especially proud because I have worked with so many of these honorees and call many of them my friends,” said Roger Macdonald, president of the ACSA Delta Charter.”
Of East County’s 10 recipients, two honorees – Isadore and Vinciguerra – were chosen from among the 21 charters in Region 6 to go on to the state level competition. The winners will be announced in November.
For Isadore, who shares co-principal duties at Deer Valley High School with Scott Bergerhouse, winning the award and going on to the next level of competition has been humbling.
“This is a very prestigious award, and I’m just honored and humbled to be considered and acknowledged by my peers,” said Isadore. “But I want to recognize my teachers, because my successes could not have been there if not for my staff, and of course working with Scott (Bergerhouse) has been an inspiration and a blessing.”
Vinciguerra, a former principal at Deer Valley High School when Isadore was the school’s vice-principal, said the timing of this year’s awards was especially welcome.
“I think with everything that is going down this year with the budget and with everything that people are going through, it’s nice to have something positive,” said Vinciguerra. “It’s so nice to be recognized by my colleagues and I feel very honored.”
East County’s winners were expected to be honored Thursday night at the annual Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) dinner held at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch.
For many, the gala offers not only a chance to honor the recipient’s work, but is also an opportunity to mix, mingle and catch up with coworkers.
“Our annual dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the fine work that so many of our peers do on a daily basis,” said Macdonald. “Our charter serves as an opportunity to build community among the seven school districts in East County, and to support our educational leaders, while ensuring that all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel and to champion public education. This is such a great opportunity to honor and celebrate the fine work that so many of our peers do on a daily basis.”
The ACSA was established in 1971 and is the largest organization of school administrators in the nation, serving more than 16,000 education leaders. The ACSA’s goal is to support the state’s administrators and champion public education. For more information on the ACSA, visit www.acsa.org.