Professional Preparation Board

The University of Arizona College of Education's Professional Preparation Board (PPB) was formed in 1999 to address the challenges of ensuring teacher and administrator quality in the state and across the nation. The Board is composed of more than 40 education professionals and citizens from across Arizona. Working together Board members have provided guidance to all of the programs that lead to state certification in teaching and leadership. Board members are also active at the state level and serve on numerous committees that are working toward continuous improvement of P-20 education. They are also active nationally as they share both their research on education and the promising practices that can be found in Arizona schools and communities.

Executive Board Members 2019-2020

  • Ms. Deborah Bryson, Chief Deputy Superintendent, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent

  • Ms. Flori Huitt, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Tucson Unified School District

  • Dr. Bruce Johnson, Dean and Professor, Paul L. Lindsay & Kathy J. Alexander Chair, College of Education

  • Dr. Kevin Stoltzfus, PPB Executive Director and, Associate Superintendent, Flowing Wells School District

  • Dr. Toni Sparks, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, College of Education

  • Dr. Patty Stowers, Professor of Practice,, Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education

  • Dr. Manny Valenzuela, Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District No. 30