SSDA Superintendent of the Year Awarded to Dr. Ralph Porras
Each year, the Small School Districts' Association (SSDA) recognizes a superintendent who has made significant contributions to the field of educational leadership and student learning. This year, SSDA bestowed the Charlie Binderup Small School District Superintendent of the Year Award to Dr. Ralph Porras, Superintendent, Pacific Grove Unified School District.
This year's award was competitive as the exceptional work completed by small school district superintendents has become challenging statewide due to declining enrollment, increasing academic performance standards and establishing challenging and motivational programs for youth.
Ralph has served the students and families of Pacific Grove USD for more than five years and has become a well-respected leader in the community. He is a man of his word, demonstrated even in difficult situations. He is admired countywide and treats all people - students, parents, community leaders and colleagues - with dignity and respect.
At Monterey County Superintendents Council meetings, Ralph provides valuable and insightful information on current statewide issues. He enhances cross-district planning and volunteers frequently to provide assistance to other school district leaders.
Ralph has also become well known statewide, serving in several capacities with the Association of California School Administrators. He serves as a representative to ACSA's Region 10 and on the statewide ACSA Board of Directors, where he works collaboratively to support Monterey County and California's educational leaders, and ensures all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel.
Congratulations Dr. Porras!