ALA Di­rec­tor Awarded Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year

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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.

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