The AVID World is full of exceptional educators, and we want to take a moment to spotlight the efforts of two who were recently honored as finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year Award. These superintendents are making a positive difference in the lives of their students, and we are honored that AVID is a part of their work.
Moran has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She worked her way up through the ranks of education administration in both Orange and Albemarle Counties until her appointment as superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011, she served on various committees and as an officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) before being elected as president of VASS in 2012.
“The title of my school division budget presentation is “Imagine. Invest. Exceed.” and I cannot think of a more succinct way to describe AVID’s impact on our students and curricula. We are so proud of the students whose access to Advanced Placement® courses and to college no longer is a fanciful thought. I have seen how AVID strategies impact the lives of our young people and their families; I visit their classes. I talk with them. I know AVID is changing the height of their dreams and the depth of their accomplishments. That’s why AVID matters.”
Webb became superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in July, 2008. He joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006. Webb has a distinguished 31-year career in public education in Washington and California, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for secondary learning and technology, principal and assistant principal, high school teacher, and coach. He is an active member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and the Western States Benchmarking Consortium. He co-chairs the Coalition for Community Schools Superintendents Leadership Council and serves on the Horace Mann League board of directors. In 2014, Webb was one of eight public school leaders in the nation selected by eSchool News as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. He is also a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.
“I am so proud of our students, staff, and community. Together, we are accelerating student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and getting more graduates across the finish line prepared for college and careers. AVID is a crucial piece to our whole system approach to transforming student trajectories. We are cultivating hope and opportunity, and building agency in our young people.”
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