Jacqui Clay, a native of Queens, New York, is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major of 25 years and has lived in Arizona for 17 years. She has been an educator for 14 years, serving as Teacher, Assistant Principal and Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), in Sierra Vista. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, CTE administrator of the year for Arizona and nominated for Sierra Vista’s Women in Action Award. Mrs. Clay is also a member of AdvancEd’s national school accreditation team and a second year Arizona CTE Fellow. She currently serves in the elected position, Superintendent of Cochise County Schools.
Jacqui has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology/Business Management, a Master’s degree Educational Technology, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, and is now pursuing a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Education.
She currently lives in Hereford Arizona and is married to James D. Clay. They have 7 children and 19 amazing grandchildren.
Arizona Alliance of Black
"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
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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.