Aspiring Administrators

Now Accepting Applications for Cohort 3 of the Aspiring Administrator Academy!

  • If you are a current assistant principal, we would love to recruit you as a year-long mentor.  In your role as a mentor, you will help aspiring administrators learn more about the assistant principal position.
  • If you are a current teacher with a preliminary administrative credential, not only will you gain valuable field experience, but you will collaborate with fellow cohort members to learn about the assistant principal position from a variety of perspectives.
    • APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 20, 2018 to Dr. Amy Illingworth 


See our informational and application resources below (you need to be signed in to your Sweetwater Google account to access these documents):

The 2017-18 Cohort #2 of the Aspiring Administrator Academy:

  • Melanie Brown
  • Raul Campos
  • Shannon Chamberlin
  • Daniel Crook
  • Andrea Currier
  • Jay Fabunan
  • Charissa Fairly
  • Alfredo Farias
  • Guillermo Flores
  • Mario Frias
  • Martha Garza
  • Ray Jensen
  • Virginia Mendoza
  • Brenda Murguia
  • Araceli Perez-Picone
  • Mirka Sanchez
  • Monica Sigarroa-Sanchez
  • Elizabeth Wong

The Assistant Principals who served as mentors to Cohort #2:

  • Ruben Baeza
  • Lora Bumatay
  • Easter Finley
  • Alejandra Inzunza
  • Frank Issa (now Director of Risk Management)
  • Jason Josafat
  • Dan Kracha
  • Teresa Kramer (now Principal at BVM)
  • Joe Lara
  • Sergio Quintero

2017-2018 AAA Meetings for Cohort 2 are listed below. All meetings will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Parent Center (466 Moss St.) unless otherwise noted or communicated.

  • 7/11 – Orientation – AP Mentors  9:00 AM -3:00 PM and Candidates 1:00-3:00 PM
  • 8/17
  • 9/14
  • 10/19
  • 11/16
  • 12/7
  • 1/18
  • 2/8
  • 3/8
  • 4/19
  • 5/3 – Mock Interviews
  • 5/17 – Graduation (PDC)

The SUHSD Aspiring Administrators Academy (AAA) began in 2016-17 with Cohort 1. There were 16 teacher leaders paired with 8 Assistant Principal Mentors for the duration of the 2016-17 Academy. The AP Mentors facilitated learning opportunities for our aspiring leaders to experience as much AP-like work as possible throughout the year. All AAA resources are available in our Canvas course.

The 2016-17 Cohort #1 of the Aspiring Administrator Academy:

  • Heather Bolles
  • Kristina Fox
  • Michelle Godfrey
  • Anna Gutierrez (now an AP at HTH)
  • Maria G. Hernandez
  • Marisol Higadera
  • Nathan Horner (now an acting AP at ELM)
  • Josephe Kelleher
  • Melanie Kray (now an AP at ORH)
  • Monica Lehpamer
  • Jessica Lloyd (now an AP in Grossmont)
  • Chris Miller (now an AP at MVH)
  • Deborah Morris
  • Felipe Rosales
  • Savannah Sturges (now an acting AP at MVH)
  • Elizabeth Wong (now an AP at MOM)

The Assistant Principals who served as mentors to Cohort #1:

  • Lora Bumatay
  • Ricardo Cooke (now Principal at ELM)
  • Easter Finley
  • Alejandara Inzunza
  • Frank Issa
  • Maria Jaramillo (now Principal at MVA)
  • Hector Ornelas
  • Monica Raczkowski


If you are interested in becoming an administrator, but don’t yet have an Admin Credential, we encourage you to research the local options available to you.