Higley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell was awarded the AdvancED/NCA Arizona Circle of Excellence Award this spring and received the honor during a recent Arizona Superintendents Association conference in Tucson.
Dr. Birdwell, who became the district leader in 2009, was recognized for “demonstration of exceptional achievement in education” through her AdvancED/NCA CASI involvement.
The Circle of Excellence is the highest honor given by AdvancED Arizona.
“Your passion for increasing the chances for student learning and success through continuous improvement is valued and makes a positive difference,” the letter from AdvancED Arizona to Dr. Birdwell stated.
In 2013, AdvancED awarded accreditation to the Higley Unified School District following a rigorous vetting process.
To date, the Higley District has received the highest community/parent ratings of any district nationwide to receive the recognition of educational excellence.