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A School Principal Inspired

Dr. Rosa Cabrera is a principal who believes the way to increase student achievement is to encourage, challenge and coach her teachers by giving honest feedback about their work. This Texas native, currently the principal at Neely O’Brien Elementary School in Kent, Washington, started her education career as a kindergarten teacher in Killeen, Texas.

While Rosa was teaching kindergarten, she discovered that her 32-year-old sister did not know how to read. The revelation opened her eyes and became the catalyst for her to pursue a leadership role in education. She works diligently to ensure that all children in her school are reading above or at their given level.

Rosa has earned her superintendent certificate and is a member of the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy cohort. Her goal on her path to superintendency is to get others to understand her vision and driving passion, despite that fact that they may have conflicting views.

According to Rosa, inundating kids with content alone is not a successful learning method. It’s important to use technology and data to determine the best ways to meet the needs of children as learners.

The future look bright for Rosa Cabrera and Neely O’Brien Elementary School is lucky to have her as their passionate and thoughtful leader.

About Dr. Rosa Cabrera

Dr. Rosa Cabrera is the principal at Neely O’Brien Elementary School in the Kent School District in Kent, Washington. The school has an enrollment of approximately 740 students in grades K – 6.

Prior to going to Neely O’Brien, Rosa was principal at Nat Q. Henderson Elementary was the assistant principal at Isaacs Elementary School both part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Rosa went to HISD from Killeen ISD where she was a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist and Trainer for Meadows Elementary School. She began her teaching career as a teacher at Ira Cross Elementary School.

Rosa earned her Bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University and her Master’s degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University. She earned her Doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she also earned her superintendent certificate.

This article was originally published on Huffington Post

Author Further Reading
  1. New Haven Register – Turnover rises for urban superintendents
  2. Education Week – The Newest Trend in Data-Driven Decisionmaking
  3. Charlotte Observer – 5 ways to help bright low-income students to excel
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