Ana Salazar is a purpose driven and authentic leader who is a firm believer in creating a learning culture in which teachers love teaching, students love learning, and the community is proud to support. Throughout her career she has served in education, government, workforce development and business engagement. She is the new principal of Dater High School and new to Cincinnati Public Schools. Her career in education began in 1999 at Cardozo Senior High School in Washington, D.C, where she served as a Career Facilitator. She later moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she taught grades 9-12 English Communications/Speech, AVID College Prep, Teen Leadership, and co-taught ESL for McCollum School of Leadership and Public Service (SLPS).
Salazar has served as a secondary assistant principal, academic dean and principal. Her last high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she served as principal, received gold medal status by the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools selection, earning the No. 2 ranking in Michigan. In 2018, Salazar was awarded Top 50 Latinas of Michigan by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University in Texas; a secondary teaching certification from the University of Texas San Antonio; and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is married to her high school sweetheart, a veteran and tech guru. Her greatest joys are her two amazing daughters who both attend Xavier University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and cooking with her family.