The legacy of Duane Trujillo, former Carl Schurz Elementary principal, continues to inspire excellence within the district. Named in his honor, the Duane Trujillo Award recognizes individuals who reflect his commitment to the children of NBISD. This year, the award was presented to Maria Alcala at the Excellence Awards ceremony held on April 30 at McKenna Events Center.

Trujillo dedicated 17 years to NBISD at several campuses. His widow, Cynthia Trujillo, presented the award to Alcala as NBISD Superintendent Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury announced the award..

“Maria Alcala is a shining example of the values embodied by Duane Trujillo,” said NBISD Director of Communications Michelle Harwood who read a description of the award. “Her 20 years of service as the homeless and foster liaison have positively impacted countless lives within our district. Maria’s dedication to our students and families exemplifies the spirit of the Duane Trujillo Award.”

Throughout her tenure, Alcala has forged partnerships with local community agencies, to support NBISD students. When she started, NBISD had only two community partners, while today NBISD’s network encompasses more than 60 organizations.

“Maria serves as a vital bridge between NBISD and the community,” remarked Alcala’s nominators. “Her tireless advocacy, persistence, and compassion have touched the lives of thousands of students and families. She epitomizes the essence of the Duane Trujillo commitment to children award.”

The Duane Trujillo Award serves as a testament to those who serve NBISD and show a strong commitment to children every day.

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