Student Enrollment: 57,862 (60% students of color, 56% economically disadvantaged, 20% Limited English Proficient)
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Andi Fourlis was named Superintendent of Mesa Public Schools on April 14, 2020. She previously served as the district’s deputy superintendent. Her career began in 1992 as a teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix. She joined the Scottsdale Unified School District in 1996 where she spent 19 years as a teacher, director, executive director and assistant superintendent. In 2015 she joined the Arizona Science Center as the Chief Learning Officer. In 2017 she joined Mesa Public Schools as the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning.
Throughout her 24-year career she has used strategic thinking to ignite meaningful learning for students and adults. Andi's education includes a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a focus on English as a Second Language from Arizona State University, a Master's degree from Northern Arizona University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University. It was during her doctoral work that she truly learned the power of public education and its impact on social justice and social cohesion.
She is a native of Arizona and began her schooling in Mesa Public Schools. She and her husband, Ted, have been married for 28 years and they have three amazing daughters ages 18, 20 and 24.