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Dr. Hightower has worked for over 20 years in education in various roles as a: teacher, mentor/coach asst. principal, principal, district level director, asst. superintendent and superintendent. Lupine earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a Bilingual Endorsement from the University of Arizona, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.
Dr. Hightower is the Winner of the Jane Romatzke Out-of-School Time Leader Award in 2014 and received the National Education Leadership Award from Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG) in 2015. She is especially proud of her two daughters and the support of her husband.
About The Conversation
Lupita knew she would be a teacher since she was a child, and overcame obstacles along the way in preparation to becoming a teacher.
Her mindset has always been that she can make a bigger difference. That has been a key marker on her journey toward becoming a superintendent. She developed her capacity through the positions she has filled, and the responsibilities she has taken on.
The 3 Pillars:
One of the major challenges she faces is the public school rhetoric, based on misunderstandings about public education. This is not unique to her district or to Arizona. She articulates the importance of sharing positive stories about the work in schools, and believe that a new narrative needs to be introduced into the consciousness of society. The other challenge is finding enough candidates who want to go into teaching.
District Website: Tolleson Elementary School District
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"We have not suspended a student in the last 5 years. Now that's just the framework and the belief system. There's a lot of strategy within that belief system, but it really empowers the whole team and the students to know that 'they do believe in me and there's going to be a strategy behind that' ". - Lupita Hightower, Ed.D.
Episode 006: Lupe Hightower, Ed.D.