Superintendent Caamal Canul
Raised in Latin America, Yvonne brings a rich “world-view” to her work in the field of education as a former teacher, school principal, director of curriculum and assessment, consultant for priority schools, a state department of education official, as a corporate senior executive in the private sector leading a research and innovation division, and directing a Kellogg Foundation Early Childhood collaborative between Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina. Yvonne currently serves as Superintendent of the Lansing School District in Michigan’s capital city.
Since taking the helm in 2012, Yvonne has spearheaded a bold restructuring plan that focuses on research-based models to improve instruction. The plan establishes a long-term instructional vision that aims to achieve educational achievement and financial stability for the largest district in the mid-Michigan’ region. Yvonne is well-known throughout the area as a no-nonsense, student focused leader dedicated to educating students in a caring and collaborative environment. Yvonne recently launched an innovative career and college readiness plan called the Lansing Pathway Promise which provides students with learning options in multiple pathways of learning. (www.lansingpathwaypromise.net )
With more than 40 years of expertise in education, it’s no surprise that Yvonne was named the 2015 Michigan Superintendent of the Year. Yvonne was recognized for her visionary leadership and energetic advocacy for public education. In 2017, Yvonne received national recognition by winning the Women in School Leadership Superintendent Award from the School Superintendents Association (AASA). The award is sponsored by AASA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Throughout the course of her career, she has received numerous other awards, among them are the National Educator Award presented by the Milken Family Foundation, the Human Rights Award given by the Michigan Education Association, and Greater Lansing Woman of the Year Finalist.
Yvonne received a degree in speech and theater from Olivet College and a master’s degree in elementary education and racial and ethnic studies from Michigan State University. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Olivet College in 1997 and selected as a Distinguished Alumni in 2015. Yvonne and her husband Victor have a home in Mexico where they might retire someday.
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