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Deputy Superintendent is ‘Woman of Distinction’

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Dr. Nellie Meyer, San Diego Unified Deputy Superintendent for Academics, has been named one of the Women of Distinction by the San Diego Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a women's professional education sorority.

Dr. Meyer was honored for her years of service at San Diego Unified School District, the academic accomplishments of the schools, departments and now the district academic program under her leadership.

Board of Education Member Richard Barrera attended the ceremony on April 18 and said gains in test scores and graduation rates over the last several years are due to the hard work by Dr. Meyer and her staff.

"Dr. Meyer's leadership style and her knowledge of educational reforms have been a key in the revival of excellence in the San Diego Unified School District," he said.

A native San Diegan, Dr. Meyer started as a teacher's aide at Jackson Elementary School while a student at San Diego State University. After graduation she taught middle and high school before starting her administrative career. She was principal at Clairemont High School before moving on to the Education Center where she currently is the district's top academic officer after Superintendent Bill Kowba.

Founded in 1906, Phi Delta Kappa International is a global association for professional educators. The organization's mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. More information is online at www.pdkintl.org.

For more information on the Phi Delta Kappa chapter, contact Dr. Jeanne Steeg at js@jeanniesteeg.com.