Certificated Administrator of the Year
Catalina Cifuentes is a visionary and dedicated administrator who always puts students first. For her, no task is too small or insignificant if it involves a student – whether it is talking with children of colleagues to help them find capable tutors or connecting them to resources to prepare for college. She also works closely with districts to complete transcripts audits to ensure all students are accessing A-G courses and completing graduation requirements. Catalina envisioned and implemented the highly successful Race to Submit program designed to ensure students complete the FASFA for financial aid. Race to Submit has grown to become a statewide initiative formally recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Catalina exudes a positive attitude in every situation because she believes all of us can make a difference with students. In 2018, she received the National Association of College Admission Counseling Inclusion, Access, and Student Success Award.