Principal Ricardo Cordova Named a Finalist in the Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal Program

Posted by Community Relations on 12/24/2014 3:00:00 AM

Principal Ricardo Cordova was named a finalist in the Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal program. He will find out in January if he is one of a handful of Exemplary Principals who will provide professional development and mentoring to Rodel Aspiring Principals, creating a pipeline for educators who can eventually lead high-need schools. Now in his fourth year, Cordova has overseen a turnaround the school’s academic achievement. In 2011, the school was ranked as a “D” school according to the State Accountability Letter Grade system. By 2012, it was a “C” school, and in 2014, it went to a “B” letter grade, climbing 27 points in those three years, the most of any school in Phoenix Union Cordova was an assistant principal at Carl Hayden for four years prior to becoming principal. He has also been a Dean of Students in his 13 years with PUHSD. Cordova, who also served as a junior high school administrator in Cave Creek, began his career as a special education teacher at Isaac Elementary School District in 1996. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western New Mexico University and a Master of Education Administration from ASU. Cordova is the fourth finalist in this program in the past three years. Dr. Chad Gestson, then the principal of Camelback became an Exemplary Principal in 2013, Dr. Zack Munoz of Betty Fairfax and Dr. Gabe Trujillo of Trevor Browne were finalists, as well.