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. The inclusive and collaborative process she embraces includes students, parents, families, all staff, business and community members.
Dr. Birdwell's breadth of expertise ranges from educational law to curriculum to finance. She has served as a Teacher, Department Chairperson, Coach, 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.
She holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University, a Masters of Arts in English from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mayville State University in North Dakota.
Dr. Birdwell encourages and invites you to become involved in our community schools taking an active role to ensure the success of each and every student we serve.