Elsa Norma Padilla

Title: (Retired) School System Administrator
Company: Tucson Unified School District
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Elsa Padilla, Retired School System Administrator for Tucson Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.

Growing up, Ms. Padilla’s family lived in Cuba, and her mother’s family owned a school. When the Cuban government took the school away from her parents, they left for the United States, when Ms. Padilla was only 15 years old. Inspired, she decided to pursue a career in education, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in 1970. She went on to earn a Master of Education, and started as a special education teacher for Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). In 1976, she became a special education program specialist, and in 1981, she became a bilingual diagnostician for TUSD. She continued to rise through the ranks, becoming assistant director of special education in 1984, and principal of Ochoa Elementary School in 1989. From 1996 to 1999, she acted as a compliance coordinator at the school, and from 1999 to 2008, she worked as an educational consultant for TUSD.

In addition to her career with TUSD, Ms. Padilla held a variety of other educational positions throughout her career. From 1995 to 2002, she worked as a grant reader for the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs for the United States Department of Education. From 1980 to 1987, she was an instructor for the Arizona Department of Education, and worked for North Arizona University from 1983 to 1989. She was a grantee of the U.S. Department of Education in 1984, and a recipient of the National Education Association Excellence Award in 1994. She co-authored “Courage to Change,” and was a member of the City of South Tucson Economic Development Advisory Board from 1993 to 1996. As a testament to her excellence and dedication as an educational administrator, Ms. Padilla has been included in the 14th edition of Who’s Who in the World, the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the West, multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Education, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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