Josephine Pete, Ed. D. joined the Wallace Leadership Project in 2007. Dr. Pete retired as Deputy Superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District. She has over 40 years of experience in elementary through college level education. She also served as teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent. She initiated the first-court ordered desegration magnet programs as principal of South Mountain High School. In 1990, she became the Executive Director of Human Relations, where she organized and supervised the Phoenix Union District Human Relation Department, and coordinated human relations activities on the 12 high school campuses in the district. During her tenure in the inner city schools of Phoenix, she conducted workshops and consulted on such topics as at-risk youth, stress management, parent/ community involvement and partnerships, school improvement, team building, shared decision-making, magnet schools, and multi-cultural awareness. She is also trained in mediation, conflict resolution, and non-violent crisis intervention. Upon retirement, she returned to the district to serve as a mentor for current administrators and coordinator for the districtís North Central Accreditation Association process.
Dr. Pete holds students in high esteem and believes all students can learn.