Superintendent Finalists Selected

Superintendent Finalists Selected

The Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board selected three finalists for the position of Superintendent. The community is invited to a Superintendent Candidate Forum where you will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists, and provide feedback to the Governing Board. The forum is Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m., at Herrera School for the Arts, 1350 S. 11th Street. For those unable to attend in person, you are invited to watch the forum livestream at phxschools.org/candidate-forum/live.

The three candidates include the following individuals:


Dr. Erica Avila

Dr. Erica Avila

Dr. Erica Avila is an accomplished and visionary leader with a proven track record of success. Throughout her career, she has been committed to all students, focusing on addressing the needs of marginalized student populations. As the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning in the Isaac Elementary School District, Dr. Avila leads curriculum and instruction, student support services, school improvement, staff evaluation systems and district professional development.

Her current work includes implementing the district’s accelerated learning plan, employing culturally responsive teaching practices and ensuring students access to extended learning opportunities. A visible leader, Dr. Avila, is responsible for providing the necessary support and resources that create the conditions for teachers and students to experience success. Her ability to communicate with and involve all stakeholders is the driver that fosters continuous improvement. She is outcomes-driven and collaborates with stakeholders to create environments where students and staff can thrive.

Dr. Avila earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in public education for nearly two decades. From classroom teacher to central office leader, she has dedicated her career to serving students in urban communities.


Dr. Ibi Haghighat

Dr. Ibi Haghighat

Dr. Ibi Dávila Haghighat is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education in the Scottsdale Unified School District. She is a dedicated, enthusiastic and innovative public school educator. For the past 27 years, Dr. Ibi Dávila Haghighat has served students in three states and five large school districts. Through a collaborative process, she has led school improvement in her role as a principal, assistant principal and teacher leader. She attributes her success to the strong relationships she builds along with her ability to empower, motivate, and inspire others. 

Family and community engagement has been key for her to advance student academic, social, and emotional growth. As a bilingual, bilterate, in English and Spanish, and bicultural individual, Dr. Ibi Dávila Haghighat has the ability to communicate and better understand students and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her experiences in serving the needs of students in Title I and non-Title I populations have prepared her to lead this district by using an equity lense to provide opportunities for all students to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.


Mrs. Norma Jauregui

Mrs. Norma Jáuregui

Mrs. Norma Jáuregui has 25 years of experience in public education and is currently the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Glendale Elementary School District. She earned her bachelor’s in education, master’s in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in bilingual education, and a master’s in educational leadership all through Arizona State University. She has experience teaching fourth through eighth grade and served as a middle and elementary school assistant principal. Her ten years as a principal in the elementary (Prek-8) setting proved to be her most rewarding, as she was able to turn around a perpetually failing school in a short amount of time. As a district administrator, she has supported her current district in the role of principal coach, director of curriculum and instruction and assistant superintendent. Norma believes in collaborative decision making and focuses on supporting and celebrating the community she serves. She believes that communication is the key to organizational success. Additionally, Norma always makes sure to find time for her family and friends.



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