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Manuel L. Isquierdo, Ed.D. joined the Sunnyside Unified School District in July 2007 to serve as the district’s new superintendent. Dr. Isquierdo comes to Sunnyside from Great Schools Workshop, Inc., where, as Superintendent- in-Residence, he used his expertise in school leadership and improvement to help schools with strategic planning and developing action plans to improve student achievement, lower dropout rates and improve school environments.

Dr. Isquierdo has served as an administrator in both urban and suburban school districts for the past 20 years, two years as an Area Superintendent in the Dallas Independent School District and most recently two years as Deputy Superintendent of Stockton Unified School District in Stockton, California. His record is one of consistent achievement in the field of school improvement with an emphasis on improving test scores, decreasing dropout rates, and increasing graduation rates. As an urban school administrator in districts such as Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, and most recently Northern California, Dr. Isquierdo is experienced in implementing and managing change and creating and designing successful comprehensive school reform initiatives that are being used as models at the state and national levels.

Under his leadership as principal at J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois, the school's dropout rate was significantly reduced, and the school was voted the "Most Improved Hispanic High School" in 2001 and 2002 by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) of Illinois. As a result, Dr. Isquierdo was asked to speak at the White House Strategy Session on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans with President Clinton. He was also instrumental in organizing two national summits on the "Hispanic Dropout Crisis"—one in the greater Chicago metropolitan area and the other in Dallas. He continues to be active at the national level on Latino dropout issues and increasing student achievement with an emphasis on redesigning schools.

Dr. Isquierdo was awarded his doctorate from National-Louis University in March 2004. His dissertation was titled "Latino/a Voices: A Case Study in School Reform of an Urban Hispanic High School." He earned his master's degree from Michigan State University and bachelor's degree from Saginaw Valley State in Michigan.

2010 Tech-Savvy Superintendent

SUSD's One-to-One Computing

...is Tech-savvy.


...has Career Academies.


...believes in Marketing and Open Enrollment.


...has doubled college enrollment numbers. Our graduates are college and career ready.


...expects students to graduate. We have doubled graduation numbers over the past six years.


...is Online Learning. With anywhere anytime learning, SOSA and GradLink2.


...is Innovation. We don’t have textbooks, we LOG ON to learn.


...doesn’t just bridge the digital divide. We are eliminating it with One-to-One Laptops.


...inspires students. We are preparing students for the 21st Century and the world.


...is where Champions are Made. Sunnyside Little League World Series Champions and Sunnyside Wrestling Arizona State Division One Champions.


...starts working towards graduation before kindergarten. Award winning Ocotillo Early Learning Center.


...is nationally recognized as being an innovator with technology, and inspired the U.S. Secretary of Education to come see why.