Leticia Grimaldo receives Jackson Scholar Award
By Marc Speir
University News Service
September 21, 2007
The Jackson Scholar program encourages outstanding graduate students of color who are studying in UCEA educational leadership doctoral programs to be mentored and eventually mentor others interested in the profession of educational administration.
The purpose of the program is to promote the diversity of society in school programs and encourage equal representation in educational administration.
After nationwide applications, Grimaldo was selected as one of only 37 individuals to receive the award and one of only three in the state of
“It’s a huge honor and it’s exciting to network with others to receive guidance and return that guidance when I’m a mentor,” Grimaldo said. “I’m really into social justice and equity and I’m very honored to be an ambassador of
Growing up in west
Her love affair with education began upon receiving a teaching degree and certification from the
Grimaldo went on to teach bilingual education for nine years at Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD before arriving at
Her current employer is the
“I have to say,
While working towards her master’s degree, Grimaldo was inspired to pursue a doctorate by professors Sara Nelson, Charles Slater and Miguel Guajardo.
“The professors here are so amazing,” Grimaldo said. “They really get to know you personally and want to see you succeed.”
According to the UCEA, only 14.8 percent of school administrators in the
In contrast, The United States Census Bureau reports that people of color make up 25.3 percent of the total population.
Grimaldo says it’s important to fill the void of minority voices in faculty and educational administration.
“The leaders we have in our schools need to reflect the diversity we see in our student population,” Grimaldo said. “All educators should get know who their students truly are in terms of culture and background and see it as an asset to their instruction.”
Grimaldo will accept her Jackson Scholar award and meet her mentor at a UCEA reception and conference Nov. 15-18 in
Her goal is complete her dissertation by spring 2009 and pursue bilingual educational administration in