Dual Superintendent, Dr. Wendy Birhanzel
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel has served more than 18 years in public education. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in Urban School Settings from the University of Southern California and has been an educator in California and Colorado. Her passion is to improve achievement for all students. Previously as Principal of Centennial Elementary and Wildflower Elementary, she turned around two schools with significant free and reduced student populations. Under her leadership, both schools went from being the lowest performing in the city to some of the top performing in the city. She also helped her schools earn the honor of National Blue Ribbon Award and National Title I Distinguished School. During her leadership, her schools also reported some of the highest levels of satisfaction within the district on culture surveys. For these efforts, Dr. Birhanzel was awarded the Mayor’s Young Leader Award from the city and the Young Alumni Achievement Award from her college. Dr. Birhanzel led the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department in Harrison School District where she ensured rigorous curriculum for all students and aligned assessments to measure student learning. In addition, she is a national consultant focused on systemic implementation of programs to increase achievement and student learning outcomes. Dr. Birhanzel is such a believer in HSD2 that she enrolled her son in the District; he is a graduate of Sierra High School. She looks forward to her continued investment and partnership with parents, students and community members.