Ambassador Program

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REGION XI AMBASSADORS

The Ambassador Program helps new members navigate ACSA’s vast structure, while providing that first and very necessary human contact — giving the organization a face and a name. If you are a new member, we invite you to contact your Charter Ambassador listed below:

East Kern
Elaine Janson
ejanson@ssusd.org
760-499-1604

Inyo/Mono
Dr. Don Clark
dclark@esusd.org
760-932-7443 ext. 1009
707-396-6646

Kings
Bill Black
lemoore.black@gmail.com
559-318-0260

Tulare
Tom Giampietro
tomgiampietro@comcast.net
559-318-0833
Steve Graybehl (Porterville area)
sgraybehl@gmail.com
559-804-9235

West Kern
Terry Wolfe
bernardwolfe@aol.com
661-565-2773

 

BAGELS & COFFEE FOR NEW PRINCIPALS

Ambassadors throughout Region XI are kicking off the new school year by delivering Bagels & Coffee to new principals and their staffs. Take a few minutes to get acquainted with them:

Marlene Celaya
Principal at El Monte Middle School in Orosi
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
I have a unique story that led me to my first principalship.
I was a math and engineering student in high school and at Fresno State. I was given the opportunity to help coach high school students and realized that my true love might be in education! I was encouraged by Yolanda Valdez and Stan Carrizosa to consider school administration and the rest is history! I love my work and the challenges.
WHY DID YOU JOIN ACSA?

I joined ACSA because of Yolanda’s encouragement and the opportunities provided to me through ACSA.
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
I received a letter from one of my current students. It was heartfelt and sincere regarding how the student feels she can help as a principal and how she has shown compassion, discipline, and kindness to the students in her prior role as a learning director! The student shared how important it is to have a firm principal, and a caring one!

Marlene is pictured with Tulare Charter Ambassador Tom Giampietro.

 

Melissa Delgadillo
Principal at Golden Valley Elementary School in Orosi
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
I chose this career path because of the mentoring and leadership I observed as a youngster growing up in Orange Cove! I always wanted to be the person who students, staff, and community looked up to for leadership and stability, It is my calling!
WHY DID YOU JOIN ACSA?
I joined ACSA to benefit from the networking, the on-going educational experiences and the team of district employees that encouraged me to become a member! My superintendent, Yolanda Valdez sets the tone and encourages all of her administrative personnel to enjoy the many benefits that ACSA provides!
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
I have been a learning director and vice principal for several years. When I was introduced as the principal of Golden Valley, I was greeted by staff, parents and students telling me how happy they are to have me as their new leader! I was thrilled to have this backing!

Melissa is pictured with Tulare Charter Ambassador Tom Giampietro.

 

Valerie Botelho
Principal at Jamison High School in Lemoore
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
When I was a classroom teacher I had a lot of at-risk students in my classes. During that time I realized those students needed a voice or an advocate. The students needed someone in their corner to push them to their fullest potential. For that reason I decided I would like to go to school to become an administrator who works with at-risk youth.
WHY DID YOU JOIN ACSA?
The reason that I joined ACSA is to stay up-to-date on the current trends and laws in education. I also joined ACSA to network with other administrators.
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
The first week of school as a new principal I realized I was working with a staff with hearts of gold. Each and every day I watch my teachers standing outside the door between class periods, before school, and after school, greeting students as they walk in the door. I also witnessed the staff sitting at the lunch tables engaged in conversation with the students. Students who had been in tears because they didn’t want to come to a continuation school were telling me how much they loved it by the end of the first week. The students felt a sense of belonging and support. When a student feels like they belong the sky is the limit.

Valerie, third from the left, is pictured with members of her staff and Region XI Ambassador Bill Black (left) and Kings Charter Membership Chair Elizabeth Lozano (right).

 

Adriana Baza
Principal at Wilson School in Dinuba
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
I grew up in Dinuba and from my earliest recollection had a desire to become a teacher and possibly a principal. My dream came true this year and I am now the principal at Wilson School! It is my desire to empower the youngsters in my school to someday become educators. I feel I can do so by mentoring and demonstrating a positive attitude!
WHY DID YOU JOIN ACSA?
I am currently not a member of ACSA, but was all ears when Tom told me about the many resources ACSA can provide to me. I am especially interested in the principal academy!
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
I was appointed principal in the spring of 2018. Since that time I have been meeting with staff and getting to know the community. I also started a pet rock project that has taken off with the staff and has made me feel part of a new family. My staff has excepted me and provided many new friendships!
Adrianna is pictured with Tulare Charter Ambassador Tom Giampietro.

 

Eric Rodriguez
Principal at Kennedy Elementary School in Dinuba
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
I have always wanted to become a principal that the students and staff would look up to. I was a student in Dinuba and have always wanted to return to give back the positive, sound education that I received.
WHY DID YOU JOIN ACSA?
I am not a member of ACSA, but I’m very interested in belonging to a professional organization that can provide me with many opportunities to meet people and to grow professionally!
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
I was not sure what to expect as a new principal, but was surprised when the students greeted me with so many nice comments! I realized my new role is to affect the many families and children in the community where I grew up!
Eric is pictured with Tulare Charter Ambassador Tom Giampietro.

 

Tenci Brown
Principal, Pioneer Union Elementary School District, Hanford
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR?
I have been fortunate in my career to have worked with some amazing educators. It is through their support and encouragement that I felt confident to step outside of the classroom and become an administrator. I keep the needs of my staff and students a priority and focus on what I can do to support their success.
WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR YEAR THUS FAR?
Last year I was teaching 4th grade at the site that I am now the principal of. The first day of school was quite surreal as I walked on campus as principal. From the encouraging notes & small gifts that sat on every student’s desk prepared by our teachers to the nicely manicured landscape that our maintenance staff worked so hard on (in the bad air quality and heat), I could not be any prouder. I have such respect and admiration for my colleagues.