HOUSTON (June 7, 2017) -- Ray A. Mondragon has been named Collaborative for Children’s new Vice President of Programs. Mr. Mondragon is an experienced and committed leader in early childhood education. He began his career in Denver Public Schools as a kindergarten and early childhood teacher in 1997. As a public school leader, he also served as a high school assistant principal where he worked on two campuses to improve school completion rates and strengthen curriculum.
In 2011, he was selected as the founding principal of Denver’s second early childhood school, Escalante-Biggs Academy, where he served until 2014. Mr. Mondragon was recruited to California to join the senior leadership team of Oakland Unified School District as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Early Learning. In this role he oversaw 56 early childhood sites and programs and managed a budget of $14 million.
Mr. Mondragon is passionate about early childhood education and an advocate for high-quality ECE programs that provide exceptional learning experiences for children. He is noted for his belief that high-quality programs for young children can only happen through a strong partnership among parents, community and staff.
Mr. Mondragon holds a Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a dual Bachelor’s degree from Adams State University in Psychology, Liberal Arts with a minor in Elementary Education and is an alumnus of the University of Colorado Denver Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program.
About Collaborative for Children
Founded in 1987, Collaborative for Children believes that early learning is the key to long-term success – not just for our children, but for our entire community. Collaborative for Children works with all the key stakeholders who shape children’s success – parents, caregivers, educators, legislators and community leaders – to make sure the region’s children have all the learning opportunities they need to succeed, in school and throughout their lives. This will ensure that Greater Houston region has the skilled workforce necessary to compete in the changing world market. For more information, visit collabforchildren.org.