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Superintendent’s Game Changer Awards

Last Updated: 8/28/2020 3:15 PM

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The Superintendent of Schools' "Premier Awards" Annually Recognizing Instructional Excellence


Instructional Support: Dr. Rouel Belleza, presented Aug. 20, 2020

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower during the Aug. 20, 2020 School Board meeting made a surprise presentation during the meeting – the first of his four annual Game Changer Awards recognizing excellence in instruction.  

He presented the Game Changer for Instructional Support posthumously to the late Dr. Rouel Belleza, which was accepted by his wife, Ellie. 

Dr. Belleza, who passed away in November after a two-year battle with gastric cancer, served as CCSD’s first supervisor of student services in the Office of School Operations and, in this role, laid the groundwork for a future Virtual Academy program and was the original architect of the District’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative.

“Rouel recognized early on that, while our primary mission is teaching and learning, effective instruction can’t happen if we neglect the mental health and well-being of our students and staff,” Dr. Hightower said.  “His work has saved the lives of at-risk students and that’s a legacy that will live on for generations.”

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