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National Distinguished Principal

The National Association of Elementary School Principals will honor Principal Lucy Salazar of Alvarado Elementary School on Oct. 12 as a 2018 National Distinguished Principal during an event in Washington, D.C.

The NAESP established the awards program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and culture for students, families and staff.

Salazar was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process.  She has been a principal since 2006, first at Long Beach’s Burnett Elementary School and most recently at Alvarado, located in Signal Hill.

It’s been a good year for Salazar.  Last May, she earned her doctorate from USC, and a few months earlier, her school was named a National Title I Distinguished School for its successful educational programs and the progress of its students.  Title I provides federal financial assistance to schools with high numbers of students from low-income families to help make certain all children meet challenging academic standards.

“My colleagues have been so supportive,” Salazar said.  “To be nominated and recognized among your peers is a great feeling.  I share this award with our entire school and with everyone who provides support to our principals.  I’m excited to represent our school district in D.C. next month.”

The timing of the award will be fitting.  October is National Principals Month.

“Principals create the necessary conditions for providing students with the well-rounded education that they need,” said Earl Franks, NAESP’s executive director.  “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and their commitment to the children they serve, to their local communities, to their state and our nation.  Working in partnership with classroom teachers and other educators, these principals provide the necessary leadership to improve student achievement and ensure every student has a pathway to success.”

Established in 1921, NAESP has 20,000 members worldwide.  Learn more at

Principal Lucy Salazar