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Adrian Rodriguez, a 26-year veteran of Plano ISD, was awarded at the state-wide Texas School Social Workers Conference on February 27 in Austin. He was nominated by his colleagues in the school district and selected from a large pool of nominees by the conference planning committee.

Adrian received a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington in 1990 and is a licensed master social worker. During his tenure in Plano ISD, Adrian initiated the first Peer Assistance Leadership and Peer Mediation Programs in Plano schools. He also originated the intramural indoor soccer league at Bowman Middle School. In addition, he has chaired several health fairs in Plano ISD.

Through his volunteerism, Adrian founded the Local Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens Council (LULAC) in 1993 and became its first president. The council has been responsible for providing close to $300,000 in scholarships to deserving minority youth. With further involvement in LULAC, he was elected vice president of the organization for two years.

Past awards and honors include Plano ISD's 100 Heroes Award in 1999 and Bowman PTA Life Member Award in 1993. He was the North Texas LULAC district director for four years and selected as Director of the Year in 2001.

Adrian’s contributions to volunteerism were recognized in 2003 when he received the André Davidson Spirit of Excellence Award from the Volunteer Center of Collin County. A scholarship was presented in Adrian’s name by Collin College in 2008, he received the Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award in 2011 and, in that same year, was selected as Educator of the Year by Plano Community Forum. The National League of United Latin American Citizens honored him as Educator of the Year in 2012.

Information provided by Plano ISD. 

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