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2019-2020 OALA Aspiring Administrator Program

Our Vision and Mission

To create a forum for Latino administrators and educational leaders that promotes equity in leadership positions throughout the state of Oregon.

The mission of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) is to promote Latino educators, both current and aspiring into positions of leadership through mentorship, networking, and professional development. OALA will affect the educational interests of all students in Oregon, particularly those of Latino heritage in order to ensure their educational success.


In our first cohort, 80% of the protégé's are either an administrator or teacher on special assignment. We are also in need of Latino mentors that are current or retired administrators who will support our third cohort.

The leadership program is the first of its kind in Oregon. With our partners, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Curriculum Associates and AVID we focus on preparing the next generation of Latino administrators with the skills necessary to be an effective leader.

Protégé's are selected for the program based on their leadership potential and their commitment to raising the level of student achievement for the districts they serve.

The year long program covers: leadership development, best practices for equity and systemic reform, social justice and leadership, strategic planning, and administration preparation.

Carlos Perez
Aspiring Admin Facilitator

Amy Torres
Aspiring Admin Coordinator

Congratulations to our new Cohort 5 for 2019-2020

Cristina Alcaraz - Juarez
Tigard Tualatin SD

Elvira Alcantar
Forest Grove School District

Gabby Villamagua
Hillsboro SD

Chris Benz
Eugene SD

Angelina Doran
Newberg SD

Alejandra Barragan
Reynolds SD

Past Cohorts

Cohort 1 - 2015 - 16

Karen Ramirez Gutierrez – Principal at River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary, Eugene SD
Berta Lule – Principal at Reedville Elementary, Hillsboro SD
Artigas Bonifacio – Gresham-Barlow SD
Oscar Belanger – Principal, Nellie Muir Elementary, Woodburn SD
Mariela Mireles – Principal, Dilly Elementary,Forest Grove SD

Cohort 2 - 2016 - 17

Edgar Solares – Principal of Bolton Elementary, West Linn Wilsonville SD
Karen Perez Da Silva – Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator, Eugene SD
Mariela Tyler – West Linn Wilsonville SD
Sarika Mosley – Principal, Hathaway Elementary School, Washougal SD
Myrna A. Muñoz – Principal Emeritus of Rigler Dual Immersion School, Portland Public SD
Christian Chavez – Dean of Students, Poynter Middle School, Hillsboro SD
Leticia Duran – Newberg SD
Misael Flores Gutierrez – Assistant Principal, Churchill High School, Eugene SD
Nelly Patino Cabrera – West Linn Wilsonville

Cohort 3 – 2017 - 18

Martha Rodriguez – Principal Minter Bridge Elementary, Hillsboro SD
Carlos Ruiz – Assistant Principal, North Salem High School, Salem Keizer SD
Jennifer Modolo –, Assistant Principal, Century High School, Hillsboro SD
Carolina Christmann Cavedon - Beaverton SD
Gibelle M. Vazquez – West Linn Wilsonville SD
Angel Gonzalez – Hillsboro SD
Claudia Kis – Co-Principal Heritage Elementary, Woodburn SD

Cohort 4 - 2018 - 19

Julianna Teresa Kelly – Assistant Principal, Neil Armstrong Middle School, Forest Grove SD
Alma D. Velazquez – Assistant Principal, Woodlawn Elementary, Portland Public SD
Mykle Rojas – Assistant Principal - Davis Elementary School, Reynolds SD
Alesia Valdez – Lake Oswego SD
David Jaimes – Tigard Tualatin SD
Victoria Aguilar – Canby SD
Jeanette Zuniga Lee – Moved to California

Cohort 5 - 2019 - 20

Chris Benz – Assistant Principal - Kennedy Middle School, Eugene SD
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