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Notes: Mount Vernon Community School principal named Washington Post’s principal of the year

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Principal Liza Burrell-Aldana with students (photo via Mount Vernon Community School/Facebook)

Mount Vernon Community School’s principal Liza Burrell-Aldana was named by The Washington Post as the region’s Principal of the Year.

In a profile of Burrell-Aldana, the Post described her cheerful approach to overcoming obstacles, an attitude that ripples out across the faculty and students.

Burrell-Aldana became principal of the school in 2017 and the Post cited her leadership steering the school through the coronavirus pandemic and a building renovation, all while student test scores climbed at the school and she maintained staff consistency in a time of high turnover.

According to the Post:

Since becoming principal in 2017, Burrell-Aldana has led her school through a global pandemic and a building renovation, all while improving student test scores and maintaining her staff during a time of high turnover in education.

Her colleagues credit her ability to communicate effectively. “She’s calm. She’s cool. She communicates a clear message. You don’t have to have a decoder ring to know what she’s thinking,” Porterfield said.

Photo via Mount Vernon Community School/Facebook

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