St. Paul Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva has been named one of the top 100 female leaders in Chile, her native country.
El Mercurio, a prominent newspaper in Santiago, Chile, included Silva on the list of women who make a differences in many areas, including education, politics and business, the school district says. Others on the list this year this year are former Chilean President and current United Nations Secretary Michelle Bachellet and current Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel.
“I am truly honored and deeply humbled to be mentioned along with such outstanding women in my homeland,” Superintendent Silva said in a statement. “I hope that this will further show our students here in St. Paul and children in my home country that with hard work and dedication, they can reach beyond their wildest dreams.”
Silva has been invited to return to Chile in April by the International Schools Association to work on education issues, which are a top priority for Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.
“True, I don’t live in Chile, but in the eyes of my home country, I am a successful leader in education and our issues are very similar — quality teaching, closing achievement gaps and changing the culture of education,” Silva said.