Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Health Related Professions, he began his teaching career in Tucson.  

In 1998 he moved to Chandler and began teaching and coaching at the Chandler Unified School District.  In the fall of 2000, he joined Hamilton’s administrative team and in the spring of 2005, he was named principal of Payne Junior High School.

In the spring of 2007, he was selected to the position of Director of Secondary Education and in 2012, was named Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. In his current position he is responsible for supervising seven junior high schools, six high schools, two alternative schools and one online school totaling over 22,000 students. During this time, he also received his doctorate of education from Arizona State University.

In order to empower students with the knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the educational systems of school, opportunities of access must be a continuous focus.  This strand will give ideas on how administrators can create opportunities to engage students and parents to enhance the educational experience.  This can be done through monitoring student academic success, ensuring open access to educational programing and increasing enrollment in honors level courses.  Access to the appropriate education increases opportunity.    

Craig L. Gilbert, Ed. D.

How can administrators increase student academic opportunities?