Sept. 7, 2016

Danna Diaz, Ph.D.

Danna Diaz, Ph.D.

"If I'm going to make a difference in the lives of young people, especially poor children, and children of color, then I'm going to have to be the Superintendent to put those systems in place and make sure that I remove those barriers, and if there are barriers, why are they." - Danna Diaz, PhD


Dr. Danna Diaz is the Superintendent of the San Juan School District in Washington. Danna has served the interest of public schools spanning 4 decades in various positions in both large and small school systems. Her administrative career includes 20 years as an Administrator in eleven districts across four states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington.

Known for her no non-sense attitude and unparalleled work ethic, Danna’s reputation in the education community precedes her - which is why she was asked to join the San Juan Island School District.  Prior to joining the San Juan Island School District, Danna worked as an Area Superintendent for the El Paso ISD, as Director of Student Engagement for the Fort Worth ISD.  She was instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of district programs and services that address academic achievement, student leadership development, school completion and college readiness.

In addition, for all the years she tirelessly worked her way through the ranks, her proudest moment includes not one, but two Teacher of the Year awards earning the respect of her peers and high level administrators.