Guillermo Medina, Principal at Columbine  Elementary School
Colorado Bilingual School Leader of the Year

Left to Right: Silvia Latimer, Melvid Ferry, Guillermo Medina, Catalina Martis, Superintendent Bruce Messinger
Following is the Jan. 23 news release about Guillermo Medina’s work and award:
Columbine Principal Guillermo Medina named Bilingual School Leader/Administrator of the Year
The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) recently selected Guillermo Medina as the Colorado 2014 School Leader/Administrator of the Year. Medina has served as principal of BVSD’s Columbine Elementary School in Boulder since fall 2010. CABE awards this annual distinction to an administrator whose work supports CABE’s vision of “high quality, culturally and linguistically inclusive education for all students, educators, and communities.”
"Guillermo was chosen by the CABE board after reviewing many nominations from across the state,” said Kristin Nelson-Steinhoff, CABE Board President and Principal of BVSD’s Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer. “It is indeed an honor to present the 2014 Bilingual Administrator of the Year award to such an amazing leader, colleague and advocate."
“Guillermo is highly deserving of this recognition,” said Sandy Ripplinger, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership for BVSD elementary schools. “His commitment to bilingual education and student success is unparalleled.”
“In the short time that Guillermo has been its principal, Columbine Elementary has made significant strides in terms of the academic progress of its students, an accomplishment that reflects on the collective efforts of a faculty invigorated by his extraordinary leadership,” wrote Columbine Teachers Melvid Ferry and Silvia Latimer in their letter nominating Medina for the CABE award.
“Guillermo Medina practices an exemplary style of collegial leadership,” said Ferry and Latimer. “He does not avoid making difficult decisions, which he makes with firmness framed in understanding and compassion. He is accessible. He is optimistic. He visits classrooms every day. He works hard. You can often see his car in the parking lot before 6:00 a.m. and he attends all after school activities, which some weeks amount to several evenings in a row.”
BVSD Language Development Director Catalina Martis said that, “As principal, Guillermo has been able to connect with students, teachers and families, as well as district administrators. He has created a school climate with a focus on respect and accountability.”
In his personal background statement provided to CABE, Medina described his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, and praised his parents:
“They were more than generous with the fruits of their success, sharing their resources with other families and especially other children, helping in different ways many people achieve their goals. In this, throughout their lives, my parents always insisted on the importance of education, of the need to always keep learning.”
“It was through my parent’s example that I came to believe that the only way to one’s maximum potential is through education, and it was thanks to their teaching that as a young person I came to understand social inequity and the challenges associated with childhood poverty. But the biggest present that my parents gave me was the idea that, just maybe, I could have a role in making people’s futures better.”