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State Superintendent of Public Instruction visits San Luis High School

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction KathySuperintendent Hoffman visiting a classroom. Hoffman visited San Luis High School to interact with staff and students and learn about the school’s recent successes. 

Part of Superintendent Hoffman’s trip included making a brief presentation to SLHS teacher Ian McDougall following his receipt of the Gilder Lehrman Arizona History Teacher of the Year. 

“I was thrilled to present Mr. McDougall with his award for Arizona History Teacher of the Year,” Superintendent Hoffman said. “It's phenomenal to have dedicated teachers like him supporting our students here in San Luis. Being able to do school visits like this gives me an opportunity to highlight the amazing work but also to learn more about how the Department of Education can best serve the local community.”

During her visit to SLHS, Superintendent Hoffman visited various classrooms such as engineering, the Early Childhood Development preschool, the Film & TV Production lab, and learned about the school’s proud highlights, including their low dropout rate, graduation rate, Career & Technical Education leadership involvement, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) MVP awards, and more.

“Having the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the state visit us is a big deal,” SLHS Principal Rob Jankowski said. “We’re having great things happening in the classroom whether it's teachers getting awards or students placing in nationals, and being recognized for that is rewarding.”

Jankowski and Yuma Union High School District Associate Superintendent Tim Brienza were also able to exchange ideas with Superintendent Hoffman about some of the different ways students can be supported and prepared for the future. 

It’s the third time Superintendent Hoffman has visited a YUHSD school. She made trips to Gila Ridge High School and Vista High School in 2018. 

Lesley Avila