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Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto, Superintendent

Michelle Coen, Executive Assistant
Phone:  480-497-3342 / Fax:  480-497-3398

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Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto began as Superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona on July 1, 2014.  Gilbert Public Schools, a district of 39,000 students, is rated an “A” level district by the Arizona State Department of Education.  In both 2014 and 2015, GPS was named one of the top ten districts in the state as well as being voted best place to work in 2016!

Dr. Kishimoto is a student-centered, data-driven educational leader who believes in student and parent voice, and site-based empowerment for Principals and teachers.  She is a passionate advocate for public school systems, student-centered educational policies, and strategic planning based on quality, standards-based goals.  In addition to PreK-12 education, Dr. Kishimoto has experience in higher education and business. 

During the 2014-2015 school year, Dr. Kishimoto rolled out a board-adopted strategic operating plan focused on three high leverage strategy areas:  Scholarship, Innovation and Technology.  She used three high impact approaches to refocus and rebrand the district.

Dr. Kishimoto is recognized nationally as a visionary leader in education and for her educational reform work in school turnaround and portfolio school development.  She serves as the President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), the nation’s premier Latino driven educational leadership organization for school administrators and superintendents.  She is also a member of the Arizona Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Kishimoto earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate from Columbia University.  In June 2014, she completed two years of board service on the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, an organization focused on student centered practices and policies.  


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