Brian Capistran to Lead Glendale Union High School District

New Superintendent Sets High Expectations
Superintendent Brian Capistran to focus on student success, commitment in new role.

NCapistranew superintendent, Brian Capistran, has spent his entire career serving the GUHSD community. After graduating from Glendale High School, Mr. Capistran attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education. He received his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.

Mr. Capistran’s career began at Sunnyslope High School, where he was a teacher and then an assistant principal. He then served as principal of Apollo High School. He has held positions as school safety administrator, assistant superintendent of student services and most recently as associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

He has applied his professional preparation and extensive experiences as a teacher and leader to make several contributions to the success of the Glendale Union High School District.

Mr. Capistran has been instrumental in working with local administration, faculty and staff to focus efforts on student success. Results of this collaborative effort were made evident when the district was awarded the Advanced Placement District of the Year award for 2013. The district beat out like-sized school districts from across the United States to receive this prestigious honor.

Student success was also recognized in 2014 when each of the district’s nine high school’s received an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education.

Throughout his career Mr. Capistran has demonstrated his belief in the potential of students, teachers and educational leaders by setting high expectations and a standard of excellence for himself and those around him. He is passionate about finding ways to help teachers and students achieve more than they thought possible and believes strongly that high expectations, high levels of support and a continuous improvement model are keys to achieving a world class education for ALL students.

In addition to his role in the Glendale Union High School District, Mr. Capistran has worked with educators from around the country sharing the successes of the district through a webinar, Google Hangout, and as a key-note speaker. He has also served on quality assurance review teams for Advanced Ed (AdvancEd).

Mr. Capistran currently serves on the Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council and the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education in addition to being a positive force within the Glendale and Phoenix communities to advocate for student achievement and success.

Brian is married and he and his wife Marcela have two sons, Christian and Andrew.