Socorro Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. José Espinoza has been named a finalist for the Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education.
Dr. Espinoza is one of five finalists from across the country being considered for the prestigious prize that recognizes academic excellence.
As a nominee for the prize, Dr. Espinoza shared his commitment to treat and educate all students as if they are his own children; his personal experience as a minority, low-income student; and his ganas to ensure every student succeeds by creating the WIN Academy for vulnerable students.
He has been a dedicated educator for 21 years and an inspirational and successful leader in Team SISD, improving student performance, earning numerous accolades for instructional accomplishments, and garnering widespread recognition for SISD.
TheBestSchools.org established the annual Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education in 2014. The winners exemplify a commitment to learning, discipline, character-building, and high expectations that characterized East L.A.’s Garfield High School when Jaime Escalante taught there and Henry Gradillas was its principal.
The winner is honored for his or her legacy of academic excellence and is awarded $10,000 for him or herself and $10,000 for his or her school or school district. If he wins, Dr. Espinoza will donate the $10,000 awarded to him to a student.
The winner of the 2017 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education will be announced on Oct. 5.