PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) Principal Michelle Cardoza recently attended a leadership institute at Harvard University. She was one of only eight Texas public school leaders selected for this prestigious program.

Cardoza, principal at Berta Palacios Elementary in South Pharr, participated in Closing the Achievement Gap, which was one of several week-long institutes held at Harvard this summer. The institute helps school leaders close the achievement gap between varying ethnic groups and backgrounds. This professional development opportunity is sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas.

“It was a wonderful learning experience,” said Cardoza of her time at Harvard. “We all have a big idea, but we need to start by tackling the small initiatives in order to get to the big idea. My plan of action is to build relationships with families, involving them in the learning process and informing them on what they can do at home to help contribute to their child’s learning.”