With Hispanic students representing nearly half of all Clark County public school children, Darlin (Darlene) Delgado is working to bridge this gap between the community and educational system. As a veteran educator and newly appointed principal of Clark County School District’s Nevada Learning Academy @ CCSD; she is implementing programs benefiting all students of Southern Nevada.
Delgado moved to Las Vegas 33 years ago with her family from El Salvador, speaking no English, and was educated through the Clark County School District. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix.
“I wanted to pay back all of the teachers and everyone who helped me along the way so I also became a teacher,” Delgado said. She chose to advance her education because, “as a teacher, you impact the students you are teaching, but once you become an administrator, your effects are quadrupled, and you reach a bigger group of students.”
According to Nevada Business, “Delgado helped develop a campus master schedule to maximize student learning for college and career readiness, direct and coordinate the process for the National Academy Foundation accreditation of the Business Information Technology Academy and implement district and school goals. Delgado also served as dean of students at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts. While there, she monitored student behavior in compliance with CCSD policies and regulations, pupil personnel services and maintained discipline by enforcing school and district rules.”
“Teaching is a noble career and the mother of all careers,” she said. “It has been said that those who can’t do, teach. But I believe it is quite the opposite. If we didn’t have teachers, we wouldn’t have doctors or lawyers. However, we must continue growing and developing professionally, and keep up with our craft. It’s part of our obligation since we are learning for life. Getting an advanced degree helps us become better educators, as well as professionals.”
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.