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Dr. Manuel Valenzuela (AZ '98)

District Superintendent

Sahuarita Unified School District
Sahuarita, AZ

At the time of the Award, Dr. Manuel Valenzuela was:

Walter Douglas Elementary School
Tucson, AZ

Biographical Information

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.

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Educator Quote:

"My Milken Educator Award has had a tremendous impact. It's allowed me the platform to voice and contribute insights about critical..." (read more)

Milestone: Dr. Manuel Valenzuela (AZ '98) Named 2016 All Arizona Superintendent of the Year

Milestone: Arizona Educator Receives Governor's Appointment

Dr. Manuel Valenzuela Newsletters

With Great Honor Comes Great Responsibility
Jan 17, 2014

Dr. Manuel Valenzuela In The News

Sahuarita's Dr. Manuel Valenzuela named 2016 All Arizona Superintendent of the Year
KOLD-TV  |  CBS  |  Dec 15 , 2015  |  Tucson, AZ

Additional Information


1988 University of Arizona, B.A.