Glendora Unified Superintendent Named Woman of the Year

GUSD Superintendent Dr. DeLeon Named Woman of the Year


Congratulations to Glendora Unified School District’s own Dr. Penelope DeLeon for being named 2022 Woman of the Year for Education for the 48th Assembly District.  Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio’s office announced recipients last week. 

Dr. DeLeon joined Glendora Unified School District in March of 2020, appointed to the superintendency by a unanimous vote. She brings a wealth of experience to the position, including work as a classroom teacher, site administrator, and district leader. Her steadfast commitment to ensuring a powerful future for every child drives her work each day, as it has throughout her nearly three decades in education. 

“We are thrilled with the announcement that Dr. DeLeon was selected by Assemblywoman Rubio as Woman of the Year for Education in the 48th Assembly District,” Board President Robin Merkley said.  “She has led our district with courage, determination, resilience, and grace during the past two years. We are lucky to have such a leader in the Glendora Unified School District.”

Women of the Year from each Assembly District in California will be honored at a celebration later this spring. Each of them demonstrates consistent accomplishments that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. One of Glendora’s legendary leaders, Dr. Cliff Hamlow, acknowledged Dr. DeLeon’s impact, writing,  “Congratulations to Dr. De Leon on her selection as the 48th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year for Education.  I am happy for the honor she has received during these difficult times for educators.”

Opening doors of opportunity for students, Dr. De Leon has earned accolades from them as well, according to  GUSD Student School Board Representative Nadia Bashier.  “Over the span of the last two years, Dr. DeLeon has become a huge role model for me. It’s empowering to see that a woman of multicultural background, like myself, can lead with such compassion and eloquence and I am constantly inspired to be like her as I continue to grow up, too.”

Shortly after learning of this tremendous honor, Dr. DeLeon said, “This [award] is truly a testament to the extraordinary work of our teachers, staff, students, and community. The recognition feels even more rewarding considering what our schools and community have accomplished together in the midst of a pandemic.”

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