Arizona Alliance of Black
Lisa Norwood was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California. She has three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter. She earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Henderson State University in Arkadelpia, Arkansas. After spending several years managing restaurants, Lisa began her teaching career in the Bakersfield City School District in 1996, where she taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th grades.
In 2006, Lisa moved to Phoenix, AZ and taught 6th grade in the Phoenix Elementary School District. Over the next four years, she would serve in a variety of leadership roles as a Teacher on Assignment, Instructional Coach and Learning Intervention Specialist, focusing on both academics and behavior. Lisa joined the Roosevelt School District in 2010 as a district staff development coach working with veteran teachers. After two years in that role, she transitioned to John R. Davis School as a Behavior Specialist.
Lisa’s placement at Davis was strategic in that she was awarded a full scholarship to complete an administrative internship and coursework in the iLeadAZ Principal Preparation Program at ASU. Lisa graduated in May 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. 2015-2016 will be the third year that Lisa serves as the proud principal of Maxine O. Bush School. She and the school have been recognized on numerous occasions this past year:
As an educator, Lisa’s goal is to ensure that every child has the best opportunity to learn from the most effective teachers, in a safe and nurturing environment.
"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
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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Phoenix, AZ 85048
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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.