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Dr. Nino Collado

James S. Rickards Middle School.
Principal
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Washington “Nino”Collado was born in the Dominican Republic in 1962 in small towncalled Jánico (Ha-Nee-Co). Nino, as his mother always called him, was raisedsurrounded by educators. His mother, María Tejada and eight of his uncles and auntswere teachers. After the death of his mother in 1970, Nino and his three sisters traveledto the United States to live their father in 1975. In New York, Nino began studying in the7th grade and moved to high school. He graduated from Franklin K. Lane in Brooklyn,New York. Mr. Collado continue on to college and attended Queens College of the CityUniversity of New where he received a Bachelors Degree in Spanish with minors inSecondary Education and French in 1986.In 1990, he obtained a Masters degree in Spanish from Queens College and, in 1999, heobtained a second Masters Degree from Florida Atlantic University specializing inEducational Leadership. In 2002, Mr. Collado obtained his Education Specialist inCurriculum and Instruction Degree from Florida International University as well asDoctorate Degree specializing in Education Leadership (2018) from Florida AtlanticUniversity.W. B. Collado began his career in education in 1986 in New York where he taughtSpanish and Ingles in Bryant High School and Norman Thomas High School. In 1992,he and his family moved Florida and continued teaching at Carol City High School.In 1998, he accepted a job in Broward County Public Schools writing and designingcurriculum as well as conducting classroom presentation and staff developments infusingthe contributions of Latinos, African Americans and Women in the History of the UnitedStates. In he began his career as an assistant principal at Coconut Creek High School andwas subsequently appointed principal at Lyons Creek Middle School in 2005.Throughout his career Washington Collado has devoted much of his time to teach andorient parents to increase parental involvement in the school system. For more thethirteen years he has participated in “El Gran Domingo radio show” helping parents andstudents to be successful. He has written many newspaper and magazine articles. In2003, he published his book Las escuelas y nuestros hijos: participación efectiva de lospadres (Schools and our Children: Effective Parental Involvement. The book givesparents in insight on how school operated and guides the parents on the role they shouldplay for a positive involvement in the educational process of their children.He is happily married to Carmen Collado for 20 years and are raising their three boysMario Nelson, Alejandro Miguel, y Miguel Andrés Collado in the city of Coconut Creek.EXEMPLARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ SPECIAL AWARDSNominated and Finalist for Principal of the Year 2008Nominated for Teacher of the Year for 1997- 1998Winner of the Most Outstanding Professional Award in 1997Winner of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award, 1998Superintendents Teacher Appreciation Award, Manhattan, 1989