Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

 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: 

  • Increased the school letter grade from multiple years at a “D” to one point from a “B”
  • Recognized by Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) for successful implementation of the new teacher evaluation tool
  • Recognized by Expect More Arizona for demonstrating excellence in education Successfully meeting the exit criteria for Focus Schools with the Arizona Department of Education by increasing student achievement for the lowest performing students at a higher than average growth rate


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.