Arizona Alliance of Black
Alyssa Tarkington is a native of Arizona who has proudly served the state as a public educator for nearly 20 years. While born and raised in Tucson, she is an alumni of Arizona State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree, majoring in Special Education; her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership is from Northern Arizona University. She credits her special education teaching experiences, and later, the department chair position for fostering a strong set of communication and collaboration skills. Utilizing the expertise of multi-disciplinary teams and other content experts provided her with opportunities to learn how to improve the conditions for student achievement. In addition, Alyssa believes that the distributed leadership model, under which she was mentored, paved the path toward her current role as a high school principal in the Scottsdale Unified School District. Along with referring to a student body of approximately 1,100 of her children, Alyssa is the mother of two sons, is “Gigi” to two granddaughters, and brags of having a host of family, friends, and colleagues who mentor her.
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. #5-D32
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.