Who's Who Top Educators

Title: Superintendent
Company: Ajo Unified School District
Location: Ajo, Arizona, United States

Robert Dooley, Superintendent at Ajo Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.

Dr. Dooley obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and then a Master of Arts in secondary education in history with a minor in business from Arizona State University in Phoenix and later continued his education with a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and finance in 1997 from Arizona State. He is certified by the state of Arizona to be an elementary teacher, a secondary teacher of history and business, a K–12 principal and a K–12 superintendent.

Devoting his life to education, Dr. Dooley taught English in the Phoenix public schools for six years, served as an assistant principal for four years and subsequently flourished as principal for over three decades from 1976 to 2002 in the Glendale Elementary School District, helping design and open two new schools. In addition, he provided superior education an Adjunct Professor in education leadership for three years with Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

With the Ajo Unified School District, Dr. Dooley flourished as Director of Finance from 1997 to 1999 and later returned to the district in 2002, where he has found much success until the present as Superintendent of Schools. For the 2008-2009 academic year, he was honored as Superintendent of the Year by the Arizona School Administrators for small public school districts. During his tenure as superintendent of schools for the Ajo Unified School District, the high school graduation rate has increased from 55% to above 90%, higher than the rate in the entire state of Arizona. To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, Dr. Dooley maintains affiliations with Arizona School Administrators, Arizona Rural School Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

At a young age, Dr. Dooley knew he wanted to become a teacher. He grew up on a farm and he knew he didn’t want to become a farmer. When he was in the 6th grade, he had a teacher who treated him and fellow students with so much respect that he was inspired to become a teacher as well. Now in his seventies, Dr. Dooley is looking forward to retiring soon as a school superintendent, but he would like to keep teaching part-time.

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