Certificated Administrator of the Year
Palm Springs Unified School District
When his parents came to the United States in 1963 looking for opportunity and a better life, little did they know that their son would later recall how those days when his shoes were too small or he didn’t have lunch money would eventually inspire him to incessantly consider student needs when hiring educators for the Palm Springs Unified School District. One of the highlights of his 13 years as Assistant Superintendent has been implementing a uniform system to ensure that a quality teacher hiring practice was calibrated within the district. Mauricio is well-known throughout the state as a result of multiple leadership roles within the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). In his role as the district’s chief negotiator, Mauricio credits long-standing positive relationships with organized labor to maintaining a positive, collaborative, effective, and professional approach that always keeps the focus on the kids.