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Lisette Estrella-Henderson named ACSA 2011 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year

FAIRFIELD - Supporting the academic needs of Solano County students and school districts has garnered statewide recognition for Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.


Estrella-Henderson was named the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2011 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year. ACSA will present the award to Estrella-Henderson at its Leadership Summit on November 4 in Sacramento.


Estrella-Henderson’s 26-year career in education began as a bilingual classroom teacher in the Dixon Unified School District. She went on to serve in Dixon Unified as Bilingual Program Coordinator, Title I Spanish reading teacher, mentor teacher, Principal at Silveyville Primary School, and Director of Projects and Intervention.


In 2005, she was selected to serve as SCOE’s Director of District and School Support before being chosen as SCOE’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in 2008.


“Lisette is a passionate advocate for students,” noted Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools. “She has developed programs that create a positive climate for students and are conducive to student learning and systemic change. She feels strongly about closing the achievement gap that exists among our students, and works tirelessly to assure academic success for all students.”


Her areas of specialty include building administrative leadership capacity; school and district improvement strategies; English learner program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; and data-driven analysis and decision making.


Estrella-Henderson is a driving force behind the Napa/Solano/Contra Costa Educational Support Team, a state-approved District Assistance Intervention Team that works with schools and districts who have not made adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years under No Child Left Behind.


“Our school districts request her assistance on a regular basis when they are focusing their efforts related to student achievement,” said Rob Phillips, Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Educational Services. “She is actively involved with actions that support improving student achievement at all levels.”


Estrella-Henderson also oversees SCOE programs that provide educational services to students including special education programs, court and community schools, and juvenile detention programs.


Estrella-Henderson is frequently invited to speak before groups of other educators on a state and national level. In December, she gave a presentation on the topic of Response to Intervention at the Association of Educational Service Agencies national conference, and she is currently on the Leadership Council of the California Association of School Curriculum Developers.


“Over her career, Lisette has lead with her heart and made a dramatic impact on the lives of students,” said Phillips. “She is an innovative thinker who is dedicated to students and to our public school system.”




Posted on March 28, 2011