Vincent Riveroll, founding director of Gompers Charter Middle School in San Diego is a finalist for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) 2008 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA). ASCD, a nonprofit, international education organization, created OYEA in 2002 to recognize creative and committed teachers and administrators under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the lives of children.
Riveroll was selected for his passionate and collaborative approach to educating students at risk of falling behind. Gompers Charter Middle School was created in 2005 as a college preparatory urban school to prepare children for success in college and the professional world. The students are ethnically diverse, and a large proportion of the student body comes from low-income families. According to nominator Margaret Riel, an education professor at Pepperdine University, Riveroll works with a team of parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and university partners to create a culture of high expectations for all students.
Riveroll is an instructional leader who holds his staff accountable for student achievement but also inspires them by modeling the good teaching practices he expects. He has helped develop a rewarding and rigorous professional learning community for his teachers. In addition, Riveroll has involved parents in all aspects of the conversion of Gompers from a traditional school to an innovative charter school. He encourages parents to participate in decisions about everything from the school’s design to its community outreach strategies. He also provides parents with information and resources to help them support their children in reaching the high, lifelong expectations of Gompers.
A panel of diverse education professionals evaluated nominees submitted by ASCD members and selected Riveroll as one of four finalists for the 2008 award. As a finalist, Riveroll will receive a $1,000 check from ASCD and an ASCD Institutional Membership for his school. ASCD will announce the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Young Educator Award at its Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, March 1517, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana.