At its June 22 meeting, the Arlington School Board appointed Dr. Liza Burrell-Aldana as Principal of Claremont Immersion Elementary School.
- Born in Colombia.
- Served as principal at Alexandria City Public Schools since 2017.
- Named the 2023 Washington Post Principal of the Year.
- Recipient of the VA Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) School Bell Award.
- Graduated from Universidad del Valle in Cali with a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages.
- Awarded a scholarship from the School for International Training in Vermont to complete a Master of Arts in teaching and went on to pursue a master’s in education leadership from George Mason University.
- Holds a professional Program Assessment and Evaluation certificate from Georgetown University and a Doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech University.
Dr. Burrell-Aldana started her career in public education with Arlington Public Schools at Claremont Immersion Elementary School. Dr. Burrell-Aldana is serving in the Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted and the Virginia Literacy Advisory Group.