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Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen (AZ '00)

Associate Director of Programs

Year Up
Phoenix, AZ

At the time of the Award, Kimberly Allen was:

Assistant Principal
Garden Lakes Elementary School
Phoenix, AZ

Biographical Information

Kimberly Allen has served over 20 years in education as a teacher, administrator and advocate for children. She currently serves as School/District Improvement Facilitator for WestEd's Comprehensive School Assistance Program. Prior to joining WestEd, Allen was Deputy Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Intervention for the Arizona Department of Education. Allen is the recipient of many honors and awards: she was appointed to the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board; selected for the Fulbright Administrator Exchange Scholar program; served as a Teaching Tolerance fellow; graduated from Phoenix's Valley Leadership program; and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Board of Rachel's Challenge, a nonprofit organization. She received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Emporia State University and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Arizona State University.

Personal Message

I have a passion for serving student populations that are often labeled at-risk. I see these students and their families as those with untapped potential. I look forward to collaborating with others who have the same passion and have innovative techniques and strategies that will help students become high achievers in all aspects of their lives.

Additional Information


1981 Emporia State University, B.S.

Arizona State University, B.S.

School improvement and turnaround, Administrator coaching, Instructional coaching, Family engagement