After attending an informational session about Shenandoah University, Salvador T. Romero ’09 was very impressed with the school’s leadership program. Romero says his time at the university was exciting and enlightening. The curriculum and personnel were essential in allowing him to have a valuable experience. Romero loved the learning environment and the hands-on/real life application during his two years.
“I took my first school administration opportunity with great excitement and confidence because I knew the strong training I had received,” said Romero. “My success as a school administrator for the last eight years has been in great part because of the solid learning experience I gained at Shenandoah.”
Romero is the coordinator of family and community engagement for Harrisonburg City Public Schools in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He works in collaboration with all schools in the district through the principals and home school liaisons to develop, implement and evaluate their current practices. He also provides new teachers and home school liaisons the best professional development on family engagement best practices.
Since graduating, Romero has been blessed to work with so many wonderful students and families over the course of his career and continues to have a relationship with them. “It is priceless to see some of my former students now graduating from high school and enrolling in college,” said Romero. He also finds it very gratifying to catch up with families in the community and hear that their children are doing great things, and also to be thanked for having made a positive impact in their lives.
Romero’s advice to students is: “Education has enriched my life in an unimaginable way because I had great educators along the way. It has allowed me to reach many of my dreams and goals. You are making a great difference by supporting your students and families as they pursue their dreams and strive to live a life full of opportunities. Challenge yourself and your students each and every day to be the best person in and out of school they can be.”
Written by Harley Ryan ’16
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs