The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)
has announced that Dr. Anna Battle, Assistant Superintendent for Operations
, has been recognized by the association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
According to NIAAA, Dr. Battle is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.
To earn this distinction, she has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process
included a thorough evaluation of her educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.
"I want to be my best at my craft and will continue to increase my leadership capacity for the communities I serve," said Dr. Battle.
The certification objectives are:
- To promote the professional standards, practices and ethics of athletic administration
- To encourage administrator self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement
- To improve administrator performance by encouraging participation in a continuing program of professional growth and development
- To identify levels of educational training essential for effective athletic administration
- To foster professional contributions to the field
- To maximize the benefits received by the school community from the leadership provided by certified athletic administrators
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.
Dr. Battle oversees TUHSD's athletic programs and serves on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors. She has also served on the Executive Board for the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA).
Her profession as a TUHSD educator has included being principal at Desert Vista and Tempe High, Assistant Principal for Athletics at Desert Vista, a teacher at Tempe High, Corona del Sol, and Mountain Pointe and coach of a myriad of school sports. She was a track and basketball student-athlete at Arizona State University.
Dr. Battle has taught administration, leadership, and principalship courses for universities in Arizona and was selected as the 2011 Arizona Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She’s authored two books – Trust and Leadership, which stresses the importance of relationships among teachers, administrators, students and parents in schools, and The Principal as Student Advocate, which was released in 2011.