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Superintendent Patrick Nelson to Retire


Amphitheater Public Schools Superintendent to Retire

Tucson, AZ - Amphitheater Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Nelson has announced that he will retire at the end of the current school year. He has been with the district for nearly 16 years and has served as superintendent for the past five years.
Patrick Nelson “Amphitheater is a tremendous school district and the past 16 years here have been among the most rewarding and meaningful of my entire career,” said Nelson. “Amphi has a special culture that truly keeps the focus on its students, which is infused throughout every level of the organization. Educating children is not a one-size-fits-all undertaking, and the talented team of educators and staff at Amphi put our students first every day and ensure that each child has opportunities to grow and excel.”

 As superintendent, Nelson has helped expand Amphitheater’s positive reputation and ensure that the district is seen as a provider of high-caliber education with opportunities for advanced learning, a focus on innovation and technology, a commitment to the arts, and an emphasis on character. Under his leadership, the district earned the AdvancED School System Accreditation, meaning it is recognized nationally as a quality school system and all 20 schools are accredited.


 Nelson’s service to public education spans nearly 44 years. He has been a teacher, school principal, and held various leadership positions. He joined the Amphitheater district in 2001 as its executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. He then served as associate superintendent for school operations for 10 years before being named superintendent in 2012.


 The Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board will begin a national search for Nelson’s replacement this month. Amphitheater Public Schools serves nearly 14,000 students.

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