Marilyn Shepherd has received the Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence by the Association of California School Administrators.
The award is named after a well respected African-American educator who earned national reputation for his work as a principal of the Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia. He was the first black superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.
Shepherd was recognized for the changes she's instituted since arriving in the district in 2007, culminating with last year's passage of the $110 million bond.
In the announcement of the award, ACSA officials wrote " one could find no better example of a school leader who exemplifies(Foster)'s spirit than Marilyn Shepherd."
Read the entire text of the announcement here.