Dustin Williams is a lifelong Native Tucsonan. He graduated from Amphitheater High School in 1992 and began working with local youth- coaching youth softball in the Frontier Little League- a job he maintained throughout his university studies. He entered the University of Arizona in 1992 and began studying business and accounting and considered joining his grandfather’s accounting firm.
Ultimately, Dustin's coaching experiences lead him to the epiphany that he wanted to work educating Tucson’s youth thus inspiring him to change his major to Education. While completing his degree in education at the University of Arizona he continued working with students and the community in Flowing Wells 21st Century after-school programs. Dustin described his involvement in the program as, “truly the best way to get first hand teaching experience.”
Dustin began his career teaching elementary education in Tucson. During his tenure, several accomplished leaders and administrators mentored Dustin and encouraged him to pursue his passion for education and explore his natural ability to lead and inspire students. Dustin followed his heart and decided to become an administrator and enrolled in the Northern Arizona University program in Tucson where he successfully completed a Master’s in Education.
Upon the completion of the program, Dustin accepted a position as Assistant Director of a Native American Charter school called Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership School. He accepted the position and began working to improve the school's cultural diversity and academic test scores. In his first year as A.D., the school's AIMS scores showed a 30% combined increase in the areas of reading and writing and an increase of 8% in mathematics. During his time at Ha:san, he truly learned about the beautiful culture of the Tohono O’odham people and will forever be grateful that the community embraced his leadership.
Dustin has traveled full circle and most recently taught 6th grade math at Mansfeld Middle School in the Tucson Unified School District. His passion for Public Education has energized him to take the next step in his life. Dustin Williams was elected the Pima County Superintendent of Schools and is excited about the future. He is committed to improving the public education systems throughout Pima County. Dustin invites you to contact him to discuss ideas about student achievement. He needs input from you. Together, "we can do better."