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Lisa D. Gonzales-Solomon
Lowell Elementary School
Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, California

When Lisa Gonzales-Solomon was principal at Martin Elementary School, she was able to lead the school out of “Program Improvement” and increase Academic Performance Index (API) scores by 165 points in just four years. Because of her accomplishments, she was invited to be principal of Lowell Elementary in 2008. Since then, Solomon has transformed Lowell into a “Rewards School” of the California Office of Education Reform (CORE), indicating its place in the top 10 percent of schools in the CORE waiver for improvement in ELA and math. Solomon attributes her success to “data analysis, literacy development, and differentiation of instruction to meet students' needs.” However, the students at Lowell have also thrived because of her ability to serve others. Solomon has led the Caring Educators Nourishing All event committee which provides food, toys, and books for Santa Ana families every Christmas Eve. She also helped to establish the Conexiones Collaborative, a group of community organizations that provide food, health services, and more for Lowell students and families.  In addition, she is the coordinator of the Assistance League of Santa Ana’s Operation School Bell which provides uniforms for over 2000 children.  Solomon is a Charter President of the Association of California School Administrator's Region XVII, as well as the President of the Santa Ana School Administrator's Association. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Chapman University and an M.A. in Education Administration from Azusa Pacific University.