The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), in partnership with Curriculum Associates, recently named Patricia Trejo, administrative program planner for Hispanic/Latino studies at the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, as the 2021 ALAS Scholarship recipient. Trejo will receive $10,000 toward her doctoral degree in educational leadership through the scholarship, which helps support the professional advancement of Latino administrators.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity Curriculum Associates provides by funding a $10,000 scholarship for an ALAS member,” said Dr. Maria Armstrong, executive director of ALAS. “This year, Mrs. Patricia Trejo is a deserving recipient as she pursues her education in earning a doctoral degree. As a cofacilitator of our Linking Latina Leaders Network, she coordinates and promotes webinars that connect our ALAS members on topics of relevance and advocates for all children, with an emphasis on historically marginalized youth. ALAS is proud to have a member as dedicated to ALAS and her home state affiliate as she is.”
Trejo is an accomplished educator who graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor degree in mass communications, and then from Nova Southeastern University with her master’s degree in educational leadership. She has served in a number of roles throughout her 23-year career in public education, including teacher, learning team facilitator, assistant principal, and principal.
Now, in her current role, Trejo helps infuse Latino history and culture into the district’s curriculum and instruction. She also provides professional development to teachers and administrators districtwide, organizes an annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute, and collaborates with the community to help provide mentors for Latino youth, foster parental involvement, and assist with community outreach.
Additionally, Trejo currently serves as president for Florida ALAS, secretary for the state affiliates of ALAS, and a cofacilitator for the ALAS National Linking Latina Leaders Network. She is also a graduate of the Superintendents Leadership Academy Cohort X hosted by ALAS.
“As a Mexican migrant child and English Language Learner raised by immigrant parents who were farmworkers, I never thought I would be on the path to earning a doctoral degree in educational leadership,” said Trejo. “I am touched and grateful to have been awarded the scholarship from [ALAS] and Curriculum Associates and to receive the incredible support I have from both organizations. I am inspired and look forward to making a greater impact by helping develop equitable learning experiences for all students.”
“Patricia is a servant leader who has positively impacted so many students and educators throughout her years in public education,” said Claudia Salinas, vice president of English learning at Curriculum Associates. “Alongside ALAS, we are proud to support her ongoing education and professional advancement as she takes this next step in her notable career.”
Trejo was presented the ALAS Scholarship Award during the ALAS National Annual Education Summit earlier this month. This is the seventh consecutive year Curriculum Associates has partnered with ALAS on the scholarship.