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By Alba Sanchez                          Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012    
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 Photo of Maria De La Vega
Maria De La Vega, School Superin-
tendent of the Ravenswood City
School District

The Ravenswood City School District's Superintendent, María De La Vega, was selected as a honoree of the 28th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women. De La Vega is one of eight honorees to be chosen this year to be inducted into the 2012 San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame.

Her induction will take place on March 22, 2012 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA. The event is billed as San Mateo County's premier showcase for the women who make a difference in local communities every day.

As the East Palo Alto School District Superintendent, De La Vega was cited as a visionary leader in the field of public education. She will be recognized for her efforts to provide an inclusive education for disabled students. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women emphasize that she deserves this recognition because of her hard work encouraging, mentoring and promoting women, particularly women of color, into leadership roles in the school system. Under her leadership, the schools in the Ravenswood School District are beginning to realize significant academic gains which will soon result in the removal of Federal oversight.

"It is the great privilege of the Commission on the Status of Women to recognize the contributions and achievements of these exceptional women and young women," said Martina Tello, President of the Commission. "The Women's Hall of Fame is a reminder of the wealth of talent and generosity women bring to our county communities every day of the year," Tello said.

In 1984, the Commission on the Status of Women established a permanent Women's Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding women for their contributions to the well being of San Mateo County. Impartial judges selected from outside our county read the numerous nominations with names redacted to ensure a fair and unbiased process, before selecting the finalists. The women are honored for their outstanding contributions to their profession, their generous work as volunteers or both.

To see the full list of honorees, go to the commission’s website at www.smcgov.org/csw.

For more information about the Hall of Fame awards banquet, call the Commission on the Status of Women at 650-363-4463, or visit the Commission's website.

To contact Alba Sanchez, the author of this article, send an email to asanchez@epatoday.org


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