FL-ALAS Newsletter

February 2022

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President's Message

Dear FL-ALAS familia,

I am delighted to share that we continue to welcome new members from across the State of Florida. We are grateful for the interest and support of educational leaders who believe in our mission. We are not exclusive to just Hispanic/Latino educators, and welcome all. Together, we will be able to continue to provide leadership that assures every school effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with a particular emphasis on our Hispanic/Latino Youth.

On behalf of the Executive Board of Directors, I am also excited to share that we will be helping students to continue their education by awarding three different scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. These scholarships are sponsored by our Premier Partner, Imagine Learning and Diamond Sponsor, Harmony-Social Emotional Learning.

We welcome your help with sharing this incredible opportunity to help a graduating high school senior, college, and graduate student pursue their degree in Education. The deadline to submit the scholarship application is May 1, 2022. Please review the eligibility requirements below, and we look forward to honoring our scholarship recipients this summer.

Yours in Service,


Eligibility Requirements

-Must be of Hispanic/Latino descent

-Minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

-Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited public or nonprofit, 2-4 year College or University, or Graduate Program in Education

-Member of FL-ALAS or a Parent or Guardian are a Member of FL-ALAS: https://www.flalas.org/membership/

RSVP & Join Us

February 23rd: 5:30-7:00pm EST

We look forward to having Superintendent Addison Davis from Hillsborough County Public Schools as our Special Guest Speaker.

Join us to hear from him and participate in a professional development opportunity on how to spark, and nurture student inspiration that leads to motivation.

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Save the Date: March 22nd

6:00-7:30 pm EST

We look forward to having the following leaders come together from Palm Beach, Hillsborough, and Osceola School Districts, to provide a virtual professional development on how to prepare and enhance your interviewing skills.

The National Association for Bilingual Education Conference 2022

We had amazing representation from our FL-ALAS and ALAS familia at the National Association for Bilingual Education conference in New York City.

We are so proud of Dr. Margarita Pinkos who is one of our very own members, and the current President for NABE. She is also a graduate from the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy, Cohort 2. Dr. Pinkos has done an incredible job leading a national organization that continues to strengthen bilingual education.

The National Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

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Congratulations to one of our County Representatives, Dr. Vickie Cartwright. She has been selected to serve as the permanent Superintendent for Broward County Public Schools.
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Congratulations to our FL-ALAS Secretary, Dr. Patricia Ordóñez-Feliciano. She is now the Director of Administration and Compliance for the Department of School Transformation in the School District of Palm Beach County.
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FL-ALAS Committees

A special thanks to the following leaders who continue to facilitate the various committees available. If you are interested in joining, please email us at Floridaalas@gmail.com.

Araseli Martinez-Peña: Hillsborough County

Professional Development

Laura Rounds: Osceola County


Patricia Bolinger: Broward County


Ele-Valencia Knight: Palm Beach County


Conference Sponsorship Levels

If you are interested in sponsoring our conference, please email us at floridaalas@gmail.com.
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Gracias Partners & Sponsors

Premier Partner

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor


Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents