Pendergast Governing Board Member Rubén B. Gutiérrez Honored with Prestigious $10,000 ALAS Scholarship Award

October 8, 2015 - On behalf of ALAS and Curriculum Associates, Rubén Gutiérrez of Phoenix, Arizona has been selected as this year's $10,000 scholarship recipient. The scholarship will be awarded at the upcoming ALAS Education Summit being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 14-17, 2015 during the ALAS Awards Banquet on Friday evening. According to Veronica Rivera of ALAS, “The committee was very impressed with Gutiérrez’ application, work, references, passion and commitment to education and his continued involvement with ALAS. The selection was very competitive and he is to be congratulated for competing and receiving this prestigious award.”

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast District Superintendent provided insight into why Gutiérrez, a PESD Governing Board member, was chosen for this formidable award. “Born in Cumpas, Sonora, México and raised in Yuma, Arizona, Rubén is a first generation immigrant, migrant worker, English Language Learner, and the first college graduate in his family. His proud Latino heritage is always in the forefront of what he does to serve the children in the Riverside Elementary District where he currently serves as the Associate Superintendent.

Rubén’s skill set is varied and forward thinking as he works for the betterment of every student, staff member, family and the community he serves in his district, the state and the nation. Most impressive about Rubén is he represents a new brand of leadership, utilizing his collaborative nature, community-building talents, and administrative educational leadership abilities to implement student-centered and standard based programs that help all students become life-long learners. He has immersed himself in the knowledge base needed to be a successful superintendent through his coursework in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership in K-12 Education at Grand Canyon University.”

Rubén has set the highest standards for success for all students in the myriad of areas he supervises including: grants, parent and community learning environments, teaching and learning, human resources, school improvement, professional development, early childhood and others. All of the funds from the ALAS Scholarship ($10,000)  will be sent directly to Grand Canyon University in support of completing a Doctorate Degree in Education, with the ultimate goal of becoming a school superintendent who will support the vision and mission of ALAS. 

Honored and humbled to receive the award, Rubén shares, “My passion is inspiring students to reach their potential and I am committed to bringing communities together. I work collaboratively with community members to build relationships between the community and schools to ensure that students, parents, and staff work to ensure our student’s success in reaching their educational goals and dreams. Additionally, my deepest thanks go to ALAS and partners Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Pendergast District for providing board members, administrators and leaders who serve Latino youth with opportunities such as these, to build capacity, promote best practices, and transform educational institutions.”