November 2020 - Susana Wittrock

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

November 2020

Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight. Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind!

This month we are featuring Susana Wittrock, Assistant Principal, Thunder Valley K-8 School.

Susana shares hers professional preparation and current bio below.  You can read the diverse experiences that have led to her leadership preparation and various leadership roles.  One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education

I started my career in inner city San Diego and loved working with students, staff, families and community.  Our diverse group of learners showed me the importance of persistence and to never let your situation define your future.  Moving to Grand Junction gave me the opportunity to be a leader and an advocate for equity in schools and community.  Now as an AP at Thunder Valley K8, my passion for supporting diverse communities shines through in my daily interactions with our students and their families.  I’ve held various positions such as; School Psychologist, Executive Director, Migrant Education Program Regional Director, and high school assistant principal.  

  • San Diego State University - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency
  • National University - Master of Arts in School Psychology
  • Colorado Mesa University - Principal Licensure 

What is exciting about my job?
My job is exciting at every turn.  I am blessed to work with amazing people, interact with caring parents, and support academic and social emotional growth of our students.  No day is ever the same and that keeps each day unique and exciting. 

Words from a consejero/a:
My high school migrant education counselor believed in me and because of her I applied to college.  Don’t know where I would be if it had not been for her support.  

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Never forget your roots and the experiences that have led you to be who you are today.  As Don Miguel Ruiz writes in The Four Agreements:

  1.  Be Impeccable with Your Words
  2.  Don't Take Anything Personally.
  3.  Don't Make Assumptions.
  4.  Always Do Your Best.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Spending time with my family and making traditional Mexican food. You’ll also find me running on trails and hiking fourteeners with my daughter. 

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS gives me a strong connection with colleagues who share a passion for supporting our Latinx community of leaders. 

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.


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Denver, CO 80201