Dr. Manuel Valenzuela has been assistant superintendent of the Sahuarita Unified School District in Sahuarita since July 2005. During his tenure there, he has initiated an organizational structure of formal data-driven decision-making, developed a comprehensive community recognition program, and led a planning process to further implement a research-based staff development program. Previously, Dr. Valenzuela served as principal of Walter Douglas Elementary School in Tucson, where he implemented the "buddies program," a peer mentoring program between intermediate and primary-grade students. Another innovation was his goal-setting program, whereby each student collaborated with a teacher to establish an individual goal for the quarter. Dr. Valenzuela also developed a reading curriculum aligned with state standards that was adopted across the district, and focused much of his effort on community outreach, including service on the Head Start board, volunteering for County Juvenile Court, and partnering the school with the Peace Builders Program.
"My Milken Educator Award has had a tremendous impact. It's allowed me the platform to voice and contribute insights about critical..." (read more)
1988 University of Arizona, B.A.