Meet the 2020 CEL District Leader Fellows

on Feb 5, 2020
CEL Fellows 2020

We are excited to announce the second cohort of CEL District Leader Fellows.

The CEL District Leader Fellowship is a yearlong professional development and work opportunity for district leaders who possess professional expertise that will serve the Center for Educational Leadership’s mission, help the organization expand its current knowledge base, and allow us to better serve our district partners. Our primary goal in creating this fellowship opportunity is to broaden and diversify the network of leaders who can inform CEL’s work based on their professional and personal perspectives. We believe it is critical for us to truly understand the professional journeys of the leaders we support across the country.

We extended this fellowship invitation to six school system leaders who impressed us with their current knowledge, skills and disposition for district-level leadership. We believe that these fellows will push our thinking, help us stay current, and ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our district partners.

CEL District Leader Fellows


Dr. Jermaine Dawson
Area Executive Director, Fulton County Schools
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Kat Ellison
Associate Superintendent, Aspire Schools
Central Valley, California
Alejandra Garcia
Principal, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, North Carolina
Dr. Ana Ponce
Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now
Los Angeles, California
William Stubbs
Middle Managing Director, Uplift Education
Dallas, Texas
Dr. Mia Williams    
Executive Director, Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, Washington

About the author

Michele Mason joined the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) in June 2019 as the director of instructional leadership. Michele supports district partnerships and provides instructional leadership support for district and school administrators. Prior to CEL, she served as a district administrator, non-profit leader, school administrator and high school English teacher in suburban and urban areas. Michele is interested in how empowered central office staff can support the principal as an instructional, strategic and visionary leader. Michele received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December 2021.
Topics: CEL Fellows
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