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Cartwright Board Vice President and Assistant Principal receive AZALAS awards

The Cartwright School District is proud to announce that Governing Board Vice President
Denice Garcia and Palm Lane Elementary School Assistant Principal Allysa Silva-Gilbert both won AZALAS (Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) Awards this past weekend. Ms. Garcia garnered the Outstanding Board Member Award for her work as a board member and champion of mental health. A passion for social work is what brought Ms. Denice Garcia to the Cartwright School District. Before she lived in Arizona, she handled crisis intervention, adoptions, mediation, alcohol and drug counseling and so much more in California. While working in the community, she advocated for families and noticed that when children were not in school their development suffered greatly. Since her inception as Governing Board member and VP, she has pushed to bring more counselors and social workers to the district. She strongly supports the Social Emotional Learning at Cartwright because it continues to address the adversities families face. This past year, she and her fellow board members were instrumental in bringing key mental health resources to Cartwright which include the program Care Solace. She considers herself a dogged advocate of children and one
of her favorite quotes is from Hillary Clinton: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Ms. Silva-Gilbert won the Aspiring Leaders of Tomorrow Award. She has spent eleven years serving the Maryvale community. She has been a general educational teacher, a new teacher mentor, and an instructional coach all within Cartwright School District. She once had a high school teacher tell her she was “too smart” to be “just a teacher” and life took her in a different direction. A few years after graduating college, she realized the call to teach was too strong and she returned to Grand Canyon University to earn her Masters in Elementary Education and she never looked back. Mrs. Silva-Gilbert returned to the community where she grew up. She attended elementary and middle school in the Cartwright School District. Every day she is proud and honored to work with the amazing staff, teachers,
leaders, and most importantly - the amazing Cartwright families and scholars.