AzCASE Board Member Nationally Recognized

Congratulations to our very own AzCASE Board Member and Tolleson ESD Superintendent, Dr. Lupita Hightower, for receiving the 2015 National Leadership Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) at the 35th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

The award distinguishes leaders who work to build partnerships and financial resources to engage more youth.

Dr. Hightower attributed the success of many students to the program’s involvement with her district. “We have incredible JAG Counselors working with our extraordinary students. JAG has benefited the community tremendously.”

JAG classes are currently offered to students at Desert Oasis, Sheely Farms and Porfirio H. Gonzales elementary schools. “We have not expelled a student in the last 5 years. Additionally, 100% of students in JAG have promoted and more than 80% have improved their GPA,” says Dr. Hightower.

JAGAZ President Graciela Candia said, “We are very proud JAG is recognizing Dr. Hightower for this prestigious award. Her wisdom and guidance have been instrumental in helping JAG thrive and grow in the Tolleson Elementary schools… We are thankful for her phenomenal leadership in her district and for her support of the JAG program, leaders and the students.”

For more information on Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates, please contact Graciela Garcia Candia at 602-216-9507 or email at You can read more about this story on AZ ED News.