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Yvonne Caamal Canul

Yvonne Caamal Canul (née Goudreault) has been an educator for over 45 years, serving in a wide variety of positions. Now retired from being an urban superintendent in Michigan, Yvonne is well known for spearheading numerous innovations, among them a classroom observation protocol named iCollaborate, a career and college pipeline known as the Pathway Promise, and the Flex Academy, a high school alternative learning schedule. Beyond her professional dedication, Yvonne has been recognized for her leadership. In 1982, Yvonne received the Irma Ramos Bilingual Educator of the Year awarded by the Michigan Education Association. In 1995, she was selected for the Milken National Educator Award. In 2006 the Michigan Education Association honored her with the David P. McMahon Civil Rights Award. In 2015, she was named Michigan’s Superintendent of the Year, and in 2017 Yvonne was chosen to receive the National Women in School Leadership award from the American Association of School Administrators and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2019, the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission honored her with the Global Impact Award for her “Educational Leadership, Vision, and Pathways to Promise.” Her degrees are from Michigan State University and Olivet College, which granted her an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Yvonne was raised in Brazil, México, and Chile, has traveled throughout the world, is fluent in Spanish, and is married to Victor Caamal Canul. Currently, Yvonne leads Caamal Canul Consulting, LLC and provides leadership and cultural competency training and coaching.