ALA Director Awarded Administrator of the Year
Kenna Vallejos of American Leadership Academy was named Administrator of the Year by the Utah Charter Network.
Paul Carpenter, principal of the elementary school at ALA introduced her.
“Once we thought there might be a bomb at our school. She was a rock. She never panicked. She responded with procedures that were seamless and flawless. No matter what challenges come, however difficult, she always looks at the positive, she rallies us and forges ahead. She believes in all areas of growth, of self-actualization, so we can rise and bless other people’s lives.”
When asked how she felt about receiving the award Mrs. Vallejos responded, “Receiving this award is an honor. It is empowering because it was awarded from colleagues, internally and externally. This award is not my award. It is an award for all of ALA. Without the teachers and staff and the work they do everyday I would not have received the award. I gift this award to all of the ALA community.”
Michael Hess from the board of trustees commented, “The most important aspect of Kenna’s leadership is that she cares 120% for the students.”
Mrs. Vallejos was asked if this award gave her more confidence in trying new directions in education.
“No” she observed, “this award is an honor but the confidence I have to try new things comes from knowing without action there is not progress. One of my favorite quotes comes from Mahatma Ghandi: ‘You may never know what results come of your actions, BUT if you do nothing, there will be no results.’”
Mrs Vallejos has been in education for over twenty years and has taught all grades from K-8. She holds a masters degree in educational leadership.
Pictured left to right: Kim Frank -UCN Executive Director, Paul Carpenter - Principal ALA Elementary, Kenna Vallejos - ALA Director, Michael Hess - ALA Board Member.