CHRISTINA M. KISHIMOTO, SUPERINTENDENT
GILBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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 and is a 2014 top ten district in the state.
Dr. Kishimoto is a student-centered, data-driven educational leader who believes in student and parent choice, and site-based empowerment. 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.
Before arriving in Gilbert, Dr. Kishimoto was Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, Connecticut, a district of 50 schools with a $425 million budget.
Dr. Kishimoto is recognized nationally as a visionary leader in education and for her educational reform work in school turnaround and portfolio school development. Because of her expertise, she has been chosen as a keynote speaker at several national conferences on school reform.
Dr. Kishimoto earned a BA and doctorate from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the Arizona Association of School Administrators and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). In June 2014, she completed two years of board service on the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. She continues to contribute to the thought leadership on school district portfolio designs of the University of Washington Center for School Reform.