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Focused on the Future

At AZALAS, we stay focused on what matters.  That means always looking for the next aspiring Latino administrators for our great state.  We support the efforts on continued excellence and Latino leadership in education.  It is our goal to find and mentor Latino administrators, as we have successfully done for over  20 years!

Shifting Gears

Transitioning into the new year brings us a new name and clearly defined priorities.  We are at the forefront of important issues for Latino Administrators within the state.

Collaborating Within

We are always collaborating with our members, whether at one of many social mixers or our annual conference.  Our member base is continually expanding to the men and women of education around Arizona.

Get to Know Your AZALAS Leadership

Dr. Marvene Lobato
Dr. Marvene LobatoTreasurer
Dr. Marvene Lobato is the superintendent of the Fowler Elementary School District, where she is completing her eleventh year in the position. She oversees a school district of approximately 5,000 students in preschool through grade eight. The district has five elementary schools, two middle schools and a child care center that services infants, toddlers and preschool children.

Prior to serving in her current role, Dr. Lobato has held the positions of Executive Director for Business Services with Fowler Elementary School District and Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services with Globe Unified School District. She held the following positions in Colorado: Director of Elementary Education, elementary principal and elementary teacher before relocating to Arizona in 1995.

Dr. Lobato earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in elementary education. Her Master of Arts degree is in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. She received her Doctorate of Education degree from Argosy University – Phoenix, in teaching and learning.

She is a strong advocate for students to receive optimal learning experiences that will enhance their interest in exploring and learning. Dr. Lobato has been the voice for her students and families at the local and state level. She is determined to ensure that every student is provided with opportunities that highlight their areas of strength and provide resources to address their areas of challenge. Throughout the school year, parents are provided with training sessions to enhance their confidence in taking an active role in their children’s education; and to raise their expectations for their children and the school they attend.

Dr. Lobato lives by the following quotes:
“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”

-George Evans

“Never looked down on anybody, unless you are helping them up.”

– Rev. Jesse Jackson

Mr. Fernando Parra
Mr. Fernando ParraBoard Member
Fernando Parra is the Superintendent for Nogales Unified School District #1 and Board Member of the AZALAS Board of Directors.

Mr. Parra attended Nogales public schools and graduated from Nogales High School. He attended Pima Community College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Parra also earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  He began his career as a Spanish-Literature Teacher at Nogales High School where he taught for ten years; he coached basketball and football as well as served as the Modern Language Curriculum Leader and Honors Program Coordinator.

As an educational leader, Mr. Parra served as Principal of Mary L. Welty Elementary and as well as Assistant Principal- Athletic Director and Principal at Nogales High School. He was appointed and served as Assistant Superintendent for several years and is now serving his third year as Superintendent at Nogales Unified School District #1.

Mr. Parra has recently completed his 26th year of service at NUSD.

AZALAS Prop 301 Statement Signed by Board of Directors

AZALAS Supports DREAMers and DACA!

AZALAS Partners with AZ Schools Now!

At the January meeting, AZALAS accepted an invitation to be affiliated with AZ Schools Now. We strongly encourage our stakeholders to become active with their coalition’s activities. Please visit their website at http://azschoolsnow.org to take the Strong Schools Pledge! AZALAS has taken the pledge along with many other organizations!

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We are always offering exciting benefits to our members.

Such as periodic social networking events, a golf tournament, and an annual collaboration conference
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Scholarship Opportunities

AZALAS Scholarships 12 awarded at $1000 each

The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AzALAS) is providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The twelve (12) scholarships are $1000 each and available to students who will be attending a higher institution of post-secondary education. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a graduating high school/charter school senior. 2. One parent must be of Hispanic heritage. 3. Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 The Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association Scholarship Committee directs all decisions regarding scholarship awards. Applicants are evaluated on quantitative and qualitative criteria, including academic achievement, extracurricular activities and student essays. Scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Committee and are contingent upon high school graduation, as well as, acceptance to a higher institution of post-secondary education. The scholarship dates are to be determined.

Ben Barcon Scholarship Awarded at the 2018 AZALAS Annual Conference

As the Latino population continues to grow in the United States, the need for more Latino school administrators is greater than ever. In 2012 Latino children became the largest ethnic group in K-12 public schools in Arizona. However in 2016 only 15% of Administrative positions were held by Latino School Leaders in K-12 public schools in Arizona. The Ben Barcon Scholarship is funded by donations from various activities sponsored by AZALAS. AZALAS recognizes Latino administrators for their leadership by providing assistance toward an advanced degree in education. The top recipient will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship award. The scholarship will be made payable to the recipient and will be awarded at the November Annual Conference. The deadline for scholarship application will be announced in early 2018.

Alejandro Perez Scholarship Awarded at the 2018 AZALAS AnnualConference

As the Latino population continues to grow in the United States, the need for more Latino school administrators is greater than ever. In 2012 Latino children became the largest ethnic group in K-12 public schools in Arizona. However in 2016 only 15% of Administrative positions were held by Latino School Leaders in K-12 public schools in Arizona. AZALAS is offering a $10,000 scholarship this year, thanks to our partner, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., who is co-sponsoring the scholarship for the third consecutive year ($5,000 from the Annual Alejandro Perez Memorial Golf Tournament & $5,000 from McCarthy). The scholarship will be awarded at the November Annual Conference. The deadline for scholarship application will be announced in early 2018.

Annual Conference Awards, Nominations and Highlights

Conference Scholarship Awardees

Conference Entertainment – Student Mariachis – Sunnyside High School Diablitos

Outstanding Student Panel

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The Final ESSA Regulations Have Been Released

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