A Compton elementary school principal was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. for his outstanding leadership and work in closing the school’s achievement gap since he became principal in 2011.

Jefferson Elementary Principal Mario Marcos. Photo courtesy Compton Unified School District.

Mario Marcos of Jefferson Elementary School was one of only eight principals nationwide, and one of only two in the state, to receive the Terrel H. Bell Award.

“It’s always encouraging to see that our work as educators is noticed, acknowledged and celebrated,” Marcos said.

Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools also were formally honored as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, making the school district the only in the state to have two Blue Ribbon Schools this year.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Jefferson and Tibby,” Compton Unified School District Superintendent Darin Brawley said. “Through the collective efforts of teachers, parents, the community, and our students, they have seen a great deal of academic achievement, and greatly deserve the honors they have received today.”

The schools are among 340 schools nationwide and only 26 in the state selected for their work to close the achievement gap for all students, school district officials said.

“This national recognition for Principal Marcos and the Compton Unified School District is tremendous,” Compton School Board President Micah Ali said. “It’s another in a growing list of accomplishments that indicate that the Compton School District’s emphasis on student success is paying off for our students and their families.”

City News Service

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