Ajo Unified School District
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Meet our Superintendent

Dr. Roman Soltero, Superintendent

Roman Soltero, Ed.D.
(520) 387-5618

Angelina Valenzuela
District Office & Superintendent’s Secretary

Dr. Roman Soltero has performed public service throughout the Southern Arizona Community for nearly 25 years. Before starting his career as a teacher, Dr. Soltero served as a campus monitor, teacher assistant, and substitute teacher in Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). During his tenure as a bilingual first-grade teacher at Harriet Johnson Primary School, he completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. At this time, he was also appointed to serve on the South Tucson City Council, where he was re-elected twice and served for nine years (1998–2007). His next teaching assignment was as a bilingual third-grade teacher at Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School in TUSD for two years.

He served for two years as assistant principal at Tolson Elementary School and Hohokam Middle School in TUSD before beginning his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona. He began his service as principal at Tully Elementary Magnet School in TUSD where he served for ten years. During his tenure he completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a Law Minor from the University of Arizona. Dr. Soltero served for five years as principal at Wade Carpenter Middle School in Nogales Unified School District (NUSD). During this time he was recognized by the Pueblo High School Alumni Foundation and nominated into their Hall of Fame Class of 2018. He has served as president of the Casa Primera Homeowners Association Board of Directors since 2019. In 2021 he served as Educational Program Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Unit where he reviewed ESSER III Grant Applications and Return to In-Person Learning Plans for all K–12 public school districts.