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Dr. Lupita Hightower
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Dr. Lupita Hightower

Dr. Hightower has worked in education for over 25 years in various roles such as teacher, mentor/coach assistant principal, principal, district level director, assistant superintendent and as superintendent for the last 11 years. Lupita received a bachelor’s degree with a Bilingual Endorsement from the University of Arizona (U of A), a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation with an emphasis in Policy and Administration from Arizona State University (ASU). As an immigrant starting school in the U.S. in the 7th grade, she credits her success to the many believers including family and educators.

Her greatest accomplishment is bringing more learning opportunities to students especially in cases where they would otherwise not have them. She is a treasure hunter who searches for the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth without exception.

Dr. Hightower is proud to serve on the Board of Trustees for Grand Canyon University and served as past President for the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AzALAS) and past executive committee member for AASA. She is also
President for Arizona School Administrators. In 2019, Dr. Hightower received the National Latinx Superintendent of the Year among other
humbling recognitions including Arizona School Administrators Superintendent Award for Mid-Size Districts. Dr. Hightower is especially proud of her two daughters and the support of her husband.

Past AASA Arizona Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2022 Arizona Superintendent of the Year: Quincy Natay

2021 Arizona Superintendent of the Year: Donna Lewis

2020 Arizona Superintendent of the Year: Kristi Sandvik

About the Award:

The Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.

State-level winners are selected on the following criteria:

    • Leadership for Learning
    • Communication
    • Professionalism
    • Community Involvement

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