Althe R. Allen, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer – Teaching & Learning / Leadership / Technology & InnovationDr. Althe R. Allen joined Phoenix Union High School District as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability in October 2010. She became the Associate Superintendent in July 2014 and Chief Academic Officer in July 2016. Allen leads teaching and learning, leadership, and technology & innovation with the overarching goal of improving student achievement. She oversees curriculum, instruction, school leadership administrative teams and school innovation & design. Dr. Allen is responsible for the analysis of achievement results, oversees state and federal accountability programs, school improvement efforts, develops and maintains Title and grant programs, and professional development opportunities. Additionally, all areas of student services, exceptional student services, English language learners, and multicultural education fall in her purview. Dr. Allen leads new school initiatives, small schools development as well as the expansion of the District portfolio model.
Prior to coming to Phoenix Union, Allen was the Executive Director of Secondary Schools and Excelling Teaching and Learning at Scottsdale Unified School District for nine years, responsible for all high school operations and supervision of school leaders. She began at SUSD in 1998 as an assistant principal at Saguaro High School, and the Director of Alternative Education for the district, developing alternative education programs and establishing an alternative school in which she was principal. Allen has been a principal and teacher for schools in the Maricopa County Regional School District, beginning her education career in Arizona teaching at Thomas J. Pappas School in 1992. A native of New York, she earned her B.A. at State University of New York at Albany, her Masters at Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership Policy from Arizona State University. Dr. Allen lives in Phoenix with her family.