Movers and Shakers: Susana Cordova promoted to lead Denver Public Schools
Susana Cordova, formerly deputy superintendent of Denver Public Schools, now leads the 92,000-student district where she has spent her entire career. Recently, Cordova worked to provide funds to struggling Denver schools such as Valverde Elementary, where she also led the adoption of strategies to boost student learning, and recruited parents to help redesign the school.
Since joining Minnesota’s Spring Lake Park High School in 2017, Principal Matthew Boucher has partnered with the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being so that four mental health therapists provide counseling services at every school in Spring Lake Park Schools. Boucher, who previously worked with the Lee Carlson Center, has also partnered with the Spring Lake Park Lions nonprofit organization to support mental health initiatives. Boucher received a Partner of Excellence Award from the Lee Carlson Center organization for his efforts.
Superintendent Chresal Threadgill of the Mobile County Public School System in Alabama has overseen the number of schools scoring A’s and B’s jump from 23 to 31, and those receiving D’s and F’s fall from 16 to 10. The Alabama State Department of Education annually grades schools based on overall student growth per semester, standardized testing, graduation rates and the number of students who meet college and career readiness standards.