Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

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.