Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria S. Silva was recognized with two awards from her homeland of Chile.
El Mercurio, the newspaper of record in Chile, selected Superintendent Silva as one of the top 100 Female Leaders for 2010. The award has been given for nine years to women who make differences in various fields, such as education, politics and business. Readers nominated more than 600 candidates before a panel narrowed the list to 100.
"I am truly honored and deeply humbled to be mentioned along with such outstanding women in my homeland," Silva said. "I hope that this will further show our students here in St. Paul and children in my home country that with hard work and dedication, they can reach beyond their wildest dreams."
Among others who received the recognition this year are former Chilean President and current United Nations Secretary Michelle Bachellet and current Chilean First Lady Cecilia Morel.