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Dr. Manuel Valenzuela (AZ '98)


Sahuarita Unified School District
Sahuarita, AZ

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

Walter Douglas Elementary School
Tucson, AZ

Biographical Information

Since 2010, Dr. Valenzuela has served as the superintendent of the 6,400 student Sahuarita  Unified School District. Dr. Valenzuela was in the first cohort to complete the National Superintendent Certification Program from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). In 2015, Dr. Valenzuela was named the All-Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large Districts. His superintendency has been highlighted by leading his district through significant growth, developing a strong strategic directions plan, building strong collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the region, expansion and increasing access to  Advanced Placement (AP) programs, expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and working with institutions of higher education to support preservice professional training and development of teachers.

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Educator Quote:

"My Milken Educator Award has had a tremendous impact. It's..." (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

Overworked School Superintendents are Hesitant to Take on the Role of Public Health Officer, too
Salon  |  Aug 30, 2021  |  New York, NY

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.