Superintendent Search

  • As part of the Superintendent search process, we are pleased to announce the finalists who will be participating in the Community Forum on Monday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about each candidate below.  

    Community Forum

    The Community Forum for community members and families will be held at the Madison Center for the Arts on Monday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (5601 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016) and will be broadcasted live on YouTube. This broadcast link will be available on this page prior to the event.

    At the Community Forum, those attending in-person will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates. Anyone viewing the broadcast will not have that opportunity.

    ALL community members (attending online and in-person) will have the opportunity to fill out an online survey about the candidates, the results of which will be reviewed by the Madison Governing Board prior to their final selection.

    Thank you for your continued support throughout this process.

Superintendent Finalists



Degrees and Certifications:

Lori Garvey, M.B.A.

Lori Garvey has over 30 years of experience in Arizona public schools and holds an MBA. She has served in the Madison Elementary School District for the past 13 years where she is currently the Deputy Superintendent. Ms. Garvey brings a deep understanding of both the financial and instructional workings of a school district. She successfully guided Madison through challenging budget reductions and has implemented strategies to ensure long-term fiscal stability. 

Ms. Garvey is on the Strategic Plan Design Team and helped develop the District’s Vision, Mission, and Values which emphasize future-focused learning and leading for students and staff. Additionally, Ms. Garvey has implemented and prioritized social-emotional learning for staff in order to foster employee strengths to support Madison students. Ms. Garvey believes it is critical for teachers, staff, parents, students, and the community to have a voice about what is happening in their schools and the District. She serves and leads multiple committees that are comprised of community members, staff and students. 

Ms. Garvey is supported by her husband and two children who inspire her every day. Even though she is almost a native of Arizona, she remains loyal to her Wisconsin roots and the Green Bay Packers.

When asked why she would like to serve as our superintendent, Ms. Garvey shared,  “I have seen and felt the dedication of our teachers and staff, the support of our families and community, and the desire by all to provide a quality education to every student. I believe that Madison makes a real difference in the lives of the students we serve, and I am excited about the opportunity to be the next superintendent.”

Click here to view Lori Garvey's resume



Degrees and Certifications:

Kimberly Guerin, Ed.D.

Dr. Kimberly Guerin currently serves the Scottsdale Unified School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  Prior to her current role, she served the Paradise Valley Unified School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Leadership - Elementary, Director of Elementary Education, Assistant Director of Curriculum, and Principal of Echo Mountain Elementary School. In addition, Dr. Guerin regularly leads sessions on the topic of effective leadership at both Arizona School Administrator and Arizona School Board Association conferences.  Dr. Guerin grew up in the valley, graduating from a neighboring school district.   She will celebrate her twenty-fifth anniversary with her husband Jeff, who is a Madison alumni.  They have two children, a daughter and a son.  

When asked why she would like to serve as our superintendent, Dr. Guerin shared,  “Working hand in hand with caring, talented educators to impact future generations of students is why I am seeking the superintendence of the Madison Elementary School District.  It is clear the stakeholders in Madison are focused on supporting students and helping them to achieve their dreams.  This shared community focus matches my core value of believing that all students can succeed. This common belief is just one of the reasons I am drawn to your district.   The Madison Elementary School District is a community of committed educators, supportive parents, and community members focused on students who are eager to learn. I believe I am the candidate that has the ability to understand and navigate the challenges we face as educators in Arizona. I would honor your history, working with you to enhance the district’s strengths, while moving the organization forward in this ever-changing landscape of education. I would be honored to serve your premier school district as its next superintendent.”

Click here to view Kimberly Guerin's resume



Degrees and Certifications:

Julious Lawson, Ed.D.

Dr. Julious T. Lawson is currently the Chief of Schools at Network 11 for Chicago Public Schools. He has served within the district for nearly twenty years and remains committed to improving schools by developing educators to build the instructional capacity of school teams to accelerate student learning. Dr. Lawson is unwavering in his belief that effective schools almost entirely overcome the effects of student backgrounds. He proudly leads a network of twenty-seven schools in the communities where he attended school.

Dr. Lawson completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from Chicago State University. He obtained his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Prior to his current role, Dr. Lawson also served as Deputy Chief of Schools in Network 11 and CPS principal. By setting clear expectations, providing quality professional learning opportunities for staff, building strong teams, creating a nurturing environment for students, and empowering stakeholders, achievement levels increased four consecutive years under Dr. Lawson’s leadership. After only two years, the school improved to a “Level 1 plus” rating, Chicago Public Schools’ highest designation. 

When asked why he would like to serve as our superintendent, Dr. Lawson shared,  "I am very excited to interview for this position. Madison Elementary is an outstanding school district with an excellent reputation. As Confucious stated, Choose a job you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

Click here to view Julious Lawson's resume

  • Process


    • October 13, 2021 - Application Opens
    • November 15, 2021 - Application Deadline
    • November 24, 2021 - Semi-finalists Chosen
    • November 29, 2021 - Interview Semi-finalists
    • November 30, 2021 - Finalists Chosen
    • December 6, 2021 - Interview Finalists & Community Forum (The Community Forum will be 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at The Madison Center for the Arts and will also be livestreamed.)
    • December 7, 2021 - Finalist Selected
    • December 14, 2021 - Approval and Signing of Contract
    • July 1, 2022 - Position Start Date
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