Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award!

Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award!
Posted on 02/27/2020

Congratulations to Hicksville School District Supervisor for English as a New Language, World Languages and Activities Lisa Estrada who has received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year award from the Long Island Professional Committee on English for Speakers of Other Languages Education at Molloy College.

The Outstanding Administrator of the Year award recognizes the efforts of outstanding ESOL and bilingual program administrators who demonstrate excellent leadership that fosters innovative and effective practices, a willingness to advocate for the ESOL community and create partnerships and outreach programs with parents and communities, colleges, local and state agencies and organizations in support of English language learners. This includes providing mentoring and leadership opportunities for ESOL teachers and/or students.

Lisa Estrada has over 30 years of experience in ESL and bilingual education in K-12 settings, including the last five in her current position in Hicksville. She also worked as an administrator at Nassau BOCES as the ESL/bilingual program coordinator and as an adjunct professor at Molloy College in the TESOL Teacher Institutes.

In her current position, Lisa Estrada provides professional development to all staff working with English language learners to build capacity and facilitate opportunities for teachers to better help students. She also implemented the ENL Parent and Student University at Hicksville. Several times a year, English language learners and their families are invited to informational workshops offered by staff and local community-based organizations. She co-authored a book, “ELL Frontiers: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners.”

Estrada cites the various partnerships she has developed, as well as her collaborations with colleagues that have fostered ideal teaching methods, as major points of pride in her career. The tremendous appreciation students and families have expressed to her has served as a source of inspiration. 

I am very grateful to be recognized for something I am just naturally passionate about,” said Estrada, who was nominated for the award by ENL teachers in the district. “When I think about the sacrifices my parents made to ensure I’d have a strong educational foundation, I can only hope my efforts are somehow paying these opportunities forward to others. I am honored to play a small part in the success of other teachers, our students and their families.”

Lisa Estrada received the award at the Long Island ESOL spring conference held at Molloy’s Rockville Centre Campus on Feb. 8. She was also presented with a certificate of excellence by the Hicksville Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Marianne Litzman at the Board’s February meeting. 

“Lisa Estrada is a champion for equity, inclusivity, respect, warmth and love for our English language learners, advocating for students and their families in order for them to live out their American dream,” Litzman said. “We are honored to recognize Ms. Estrada with Molloy College, for her many outstanding achievements.”

Estrada Award

Hicksville School District Supervisor for English as a New Language, World Languages and Activities Lisa Estrada (center) is presented with a certificate of excellence by Hicksville Board of Education Vice President Brenda Judson (left) and Superintendent of Schools Marianne Litzman, who is also displaying Estrada’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year award from the L.I. Professional Committee on ESOL Education.