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LD Central Superintendent Named Superintendent of the Year (05-04-2022)





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Contact:           Monica Carazo                                             May 4, 2022   

Telephone          213-247-4087                                                                      

LD Central Superintendent Named Superintendent of the Year

      Los Angeles –Local District Central Superintendent Frances Baez was honored as the 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) during the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished recognition and be added to the list of recipients, such as the late Dr. Michelle King, Austin Beutner, Roberto Martinez, Jose Huerta and many other superintendents, who have served LAUSD families.”

She has made student achievement a top priority in every administrative role, with equity and social justice guiding her decisions. Most recently, she headed 53 percent of LAUSD schools in receiving the California Department of Education Pivotal Practice Award, through the support of the eight Community of Schools Administrators.  

In her 27-years, Baez has led schools in an increase in academic achievement, graduation, and attendance rates. For remote learners during the COVID pandemic, she introduced 10 courses, including the Fender music curriculum.

Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Baez is a product of Los Angeles Unified. During her tenure in the nation’s second-largest school district, she has been an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and District administrator.

Baez earned her bachelor’s degree at University of California, Los Angeles, teacher credential and Master of Arts in Educational Administration at California State University, Los Angeles, and she is months away from completing her Ph.D in Urban Leadership at Claremont Graduate University. 

One of the association’s priorities is to ensure that school leaders are recognized for their excellence. Through its annual awards program, they recognize students, administrators, and community organizations for achievements in public education at the regional and state levels.

The group is the largest umbrella for school leaders in the U.S., serving more than 17,000 educators statewide. It supports educational leaders who meet the diverse needs of California students. Baez served from 2017 to 2019 as president in Region 16.