Alumna Valeria Silva named St. Paul superintendent
Valeria Silva (M.A., '91) has been named superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. Silva earned her master's in educational administration and an educational specialist degree from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. The only inside candidate among the final three, Silva has served for more than 20 years in the district.
Before her current post as chief academic officer, Silva was St. Paul's director of ELL (English Language Learner) programs from 1997 to 2006. She was principal of Adams Spanish Immersion School prior to that. She has been recognized for developing a new model of teaching ELL and for improving student achievement.
Silva is the recipient of the 2007 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Leadership Award.