Mr. Estrada, admin of the year for the AASC

Mr. Estrada, admin of the year for the AASC
Posted on 02/22/2023
Rio Rico, Arizona – Rio Rico High School Principal Hector Estrada was named the Administrator of the Year for the Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) at the January 2023 AASC State Convention hosted by Mohave High School in Bullhead City, Arizona.

The AASC State Convention is an annual event that recognizes the accomplishments of student councils, students, advisors, and administrators. The administrator of the year is selected based on their encouragement of the democratic process, citizenship service, idea exchange, and problem-solving among their student body.

RRHS senior Kazandra Navarro nominated Principal Estrada for the award. “Throughout his time here at RRHS, he has cultivated a student-oriented atmosphere. He always says ‘This is your school, I just work here’. This goes to show that he is building a culture at RRHS that empowers its students,” she explained in her nomination letter.

She also listed Estrada’s addition of a student senate as an effective tool for giving students a voice. She said RRHS is, “a place where people amongst different groups on campus meet to discuss improvements for the school. This is a place for students to make their voices heard. We try to find solutions to issues, and we implement new ideas.”

Estrada’s pursuit of student equity was also listed as a major reason for her nomination. “He is huge on equity at our school. He understands that not every student has the same access to resources and opportunities outside of school; therefore, he is striving to create an equitable environment.” Navarro wrote.

RRHS All Student Body President Paulette Ledezman also wrote a letter of nomination for Principal Estrada. In her letter, she wrote about the impact the principal has had on the school, and particularly her own school career while at RRHS. She wrote Estrada “is such a kind and caring administrator and goes the extra mile for each individual student and always being the “Estrella” lighting up the room.”

Assistant Superintendent Melisa Lunderville supported the student nominations by saying. “I have yet to work with a more student-centered and hard-working Principal than Mr. Estrada. He clearly understands the importance of developing relationships and the impacts that those relationships can have on the culture of your school.”

In addition to Estrada’s award, the Rio Rico High School Student Council was also named Outstanding Council with Distinction which is the highest honor received by Arizona student councils.

Hector Estrada joined Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (SCV35) in 2019 as principal of Rio Rico High School.