Superintendent Williams Honored with Correctional Award

June 19, 2019

For Immediate Release
Matt Stamp, Communications Director
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Superintendent Williams Honored with Correctional Award
Presented by the Arizona Correctional Educators Inc.

Tucson, AZ – Pima County School Superintendent Dustin J. Williams was selected as the 2019 Outstanding Correctional Professional of the Year award recipient by the Arizona Correctional Educators Inc. (ACE). The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding service and contribution to correctional students. Superintendent Williams oversees students in the Pima Accommodation District. The schools are located in the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center and the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

Williams was nominated by Pima Accommodation District staff members. One reason for the nomination was for a behavioral program that Williams initiated with his students at the Adult Detention Center. When the students reach their behavioral goals they get to challenge the superintendent in a monthly basketball game. Principal Shelly Duran applauds the program and says it has made a huge impact on student behavior and academic achievement.

“I am very humbled. These kids have tough lives and we always have to believe in them. It’s an honor for me to accept this award on behalf of my students and staff in the Accommodation District.” – Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams


Arizona Correctional Educators Inc. (ACE) is the only active professional membership organization for correctional educators and related professionals in the state.  ACE is comprised of educators and related professionals from federal, state, county communities, and tribal jurisdictions. ACE mission is to advocate for excellence in correctional education by providing high-quality services and resources for members. ACE values and promotes excellence, innovation and evidence-based practices supported by data and research. Learn more at