2016 TORCH AWARDS PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
An educator for nearly 20 years, DECHELE BYRD is currently the proud Principal of her alma mater George Washington Preparatory High School. With the belief that all youth should have the opportunity to realize their dreams, she has modeled a demand for high expectations and living life without excuses.
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles and the product of teenage parents, Dechele is an example that your circumstances do not dictate your outcomes. She is the mother of a teenage daughter and continues to dedicate her life to building the next generation of leaders that will transform their community.