Professional Preparation Board

The University of Arizona College of Education's Professional Preparation Board (PPB) was formed in 1999 to address the challenges of ensuring teacher and administrator quality in the state and across the nation. The Board is composed of more than 40 education professionals and citizens from across Arizona. Working together Board members have provided guidance to all of the programs that lead to state certification in teaching and leadership. Board members are also active at the state level and serve on numerous committees that are working toward continuous improvement of P-20 education. They are also active nationally as they share both their research on education and the promising practices that can be found in Arizona schools and communities.

For any input regarding past or future Professional Preparation Board Meetings, please contact Stephen Schadler, Executive Director, or Rachel Barton, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education.

PPB Official Roster

Executive Board Members 2023-2024

  • Dr. Robert Berry, Dean and Professor, Paul L. Lindsay & Kathy J. Alexander Chair, College of Education
  • Ms. Deborah Bryson, Chief Deputy Superintendent, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent
  • Ms. Angelina Canto, Superintendent, Nogales Unified School District
  • Dr. Flori Huitt, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Tucson Unified School District
  • Mr. Stephen Schadler, PPB Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Assessing
  • Ms. Maggie Shafer, Director of Field Experiences, Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education
  • Dr. Toni Sparks, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, College of Education
  • Dr. Manny Valenzuela, Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District


Meeting Agendas and Resources

May 9, 2023
7:30 am – 9:00 am (via Zoom)

April 11, 2023
7:30 am – 9:00 am (via Zoom)

February 14, 2023
7:30 am – 9:00 am (via Zoom)

January 10, 2023 - Social-Emotional Learning
7:30 am - 9:00 am (in-person at University of Arizona, College of Education, room 102)

December 13, 2022
7:30 am – 9:00 am  (via Zoom)

November 8, 2022
7:30 am – 9:00 am (via Zoom)

September 20, 2022
7:30 am – 9:00 am (in-person at University of Arizona, College of Education, room 102