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Dr. Danna Diaz is the Superintendent of the San Juan Islands School District, in Washington. Danna has served the interest of public schools spanning 4 decades in various positions in both large and small school systems. Her administrative career includes 20 years as an Administrator in eleven districts across four states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington.
Known for her no non-sense attitude and unparalleled work ethic, Danna’s reputation in the education community precedes her - which is why she was asked to join the San Juan Island School District. Prior to joining the San Juan Island School District, Danna worked as an Area Superintendent for the El Paso ISD, as Director of Student Engagement for the Fort Worth ISD. She was instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of district programs and services that address academic achievement, student leadership development, school completion and college readiness.
In addition, for all the years she tirelessly worked her way through the ranks, her proudest moment includes not one, but two Teacher of the Year awards earning the respect of her peers and high level administrators.
About The Conversation
Danna grew up in Harlem, but also in Puerto Rico. She knew early in her childhood that she wanted to be a teacher. Along the way, Danna had mentors guiding her, which is partly why she now serves as a mentor for others.
The 4 Pillars:
Danna's challenges include funding - she doesn't believe it is specific to her, but is part of a larger problem impacting the institution of public education. The other challenge she faces is professional development. Because she is on an island, her staff must travel far to receive support. She is working to bring the PD to her staff.
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"If I'm going to make a difference in the lives of young people, especially poor children, and children of color, then I'm going to have to be the Superintendent to put those systems in place and make sure that I remove those barriers, and if there are barriers, why are they." - Danna Diaz, PhD
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