Phoenix Union’s Administrator of the Year is Former Alhambra Principal Claudio Coria

Posted by Communications on 8/11/2016

Phoenix Union’s Administrator of the Year is former Alhambra principal Claudio Coria. The award was presented at the Opening of Schools Convocation, August 2. Coria completed his fifth year as principal of Alhambra and was recently named the District’s Executive Director of Leadership, where he will oversee principals, and develop future leaders. He made a huge difference at Alhambra, leading the staff in improving from a D school, to knocking on the door of a B in the State’s Letter Grades. The school was recently named a “Beat the Odds-Silver School” by the Future of Arizona’s Beat The Odds Institute. In his tenure, Alhambra produced 11 National Board Certified teachers, the most in the District. He forged a partnership with Grand Canyon University that has included mentoring, dual enrollment, scholarships and providing student teaching and internship opportunities.   Coria led a team of teachers presenting at the U.S. Department of Education “Teach to Lead” Summit in Washington, D.C. The Arizona Commission for Post-Secondary Education selected his school as the Pathways to Post-Secondary Education Award, K-12 Division last spring. The school has provided training during summer school for Teach for America candidates. A Teach for America graduate himself, Coria taught in the Roosevelt District and was an administrator in the Balsz and Pendergast Districts.