Lisette Estrella-Henderson, has served as an Educator in Solano County for over 32 years.
Lisette grew up in a military family and was raised in Solano County after her father was stationed at Travis Air Force Base. She attended Solano Community College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s degree in Education from the California State University, Sacramento. In addition to her California Teaching Credential, she also holds her Bilingual Specialist and Administrative Services Credentials and is a certified leadership coach.
Lisette’s career began in the Dixon Unified School District where she worked for over 20 years in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities. For the past 12 years, she has worked with the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) in various roles of increasing responsibility. In January of 2017, Lisette became the Solano County Superintendent of Schools. As the first Hispanic County Superintendent in Solano’s history and only the second female to hold the position, Lisette hopes to inspire other young women to believe in themselves and confidently reach for and achieve their goals, no matter how big their dreams may seem.
Lisette proudly represents Solano County public education as an active member of several leading educational and community organizations such as: Region 4 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, Solano Economic Development Corporation, Solano Partnership Against Violence (SPAV), Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), Solano Coalition for Better Health, Safe Routes to School Advisory Board, and the Solano Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council. She is a 2017 graduate of the Emerge California Women’s Leadership Program.
Lisette’s broad knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities have earned her local, statewide, and national respect and recognition including: Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptomist International of Dixon; Distinguished Educator Award, Dixon Unified School District; Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year, ACSA (chapter, regional, and state awards); Outstanding Woman Leader Award, ACSA Region 4; Women in Educational Leadership Award, American Association of School Administrators (AASA); Community Recognition Award, La Raza Lawyers Association of Solano. Additionally, her expertise has appeared in numerous publications, and she has presented at conferences within the community, in our region, throughout the State, and across the United States.
Lisette lives in Vacaville with her husband of 30 years and has a daughter who recently graduated from college.
Please click here to read more about Lisette. The following interview was published in CCSESA's (California County Superintendents Educational Services Association) April 2017 newsletter.