Skyrocketing academic achievement has brought great opportunities to her students and national recognition to Marian Kim Phelps, principal of Zamorano Fine Arts Academy and newly-appointed area superintendent for the Madison/Clairemont clusters.
She recently received the 2010 National Distinguished Principal Finalist Award for California. She won this outstanding honor in a program sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Her accomplishments include leading staff and students to raise Zamorano’s API score from 740 to 835, and increasing its Similar School Ranking from a 2 to 10. Colleagues, staff and parents describe her as ethical, trustworthy, hard-working and an advocate for all children. She has been invited by ACSA to participate and lead an action learning lab at the New & Aspiring Principals Colloquium at UCLA in July.