2014 Circle of Excellence Award/AdvancED
2011 All-Arizona Superintendent
of the Year for Large Districts
2011 President of the Arizona School Administrators, Superintendents’ Division
2011 Horace Mann
“Dynamic Ruler Award”
Dr. Denise Birdwell believes through an inclusive collaborative process with a shared vision and the students at the center of each decision we make as a school community, we can drive the highest levels of student achievement. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University.
Dr. Birdwell's breadth of expertise ranges from educational law to curriculum to finance. She has served as a Teacher, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent. She is well versed across the educational organization and has received numerous awards including: Arizona School Administrators 2007 Outstanding Superintendent Fine Arts Award, American Association of School Administrators 2006 Richard D. Miller Award and the 2006 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Arizona School Administrators Association, 2011-12 ASA All Arizona Superintendent Award, 2011 ASA Dynamic Leader Award, 2014 Advanced Ed Circle of Excellence Award and the 2014 Gilbert Chamber Visionary Leader Award.