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Jay Engeln

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley last week announced the selection of Jay Engeln, the principal of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs (Colo.) District 11, as the National Principal of the Year. Mr. Engeln, 47, was chosen from among 53 principals of the year in the competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He began his career as a science teacher and soccer coach in 1974. He was an assistant principal and has been the principal at Palmer High for seven years. During his tenure, the school's dropout rate has decreased, and its enrollment has doubled. He plans to use the $10,000 award to support school initiatives.

Mr. Engeln was also recently elected the president of the National Soccer Coaches Association.

Hector Garza, a vice president of the American Council on Education,

Hector Garza

is slated to become the president of the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships. He is to take up the full-time, two-year post in January. The partnership council, which is based in Washington, helps connect colleges and universities with public schools and community-based organizations. As president, Mr. Garza, 43, said he plans to foster programs to increase educational opportunities in higher education for poor and minority students.

Yvonne Caballero-Allen has taken over as the executive director of Design for Excellence: Linking Teaching and Achievement,

Yvonne Caballero-Allen

or DELTA, the professional-development arm of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project. Working with three California state universities and three large city school districts, DELTA's goal is to integrate content and professional-development activities. Ms. Caballero-Allen was previously a director of the Annenberg project's school-family initiatives.

--Meghan Mullan

Vol. 19, Issue 7, Page 2

Published in Print: October 13, 1999, as People in the News

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