Friday, November 16th, 2007


Welcome to the Madison Elementary School District, a district known for its tradition of academic excellence. The District was established in 1890 (prior to Arizona statehood) and today serves approximately 5,000 students in grades kindergarten through eight. The District is comprised of seven schools conveniently located in North-Central Phoenix. With an exceptional faculty of over 500 highly qualified teachers and support staff, Madison students consistently score among the highest nationally on standardized achievement tests. Because of the highly regarded programs in the District, many families choose to enroll in Madison even though they reside outside of the District's boundaries.

The Madison School Governing Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Tim Ham as Superintendent beginning July 2007. Dr. Ham has an extensive background in education, having been a teacher, principal, administrator and even college professor. "Dr. Ham comes to us with a wealth of very relevant experience that demonstrates his proficiency in both instructional leadership and the business management aspects of running a successful school district. He has superior interpersonal communication skills and approaches problems and issues in a strategic way, using a systems-oriented, best practices approach. He will be a team builder and he will bring the Madison community closer together," said Chris Thomas, Madison Governing Board President.

Upon his hiring, Dr. Ham stated, "It is an honor and a privilege to become part of the Madison School District. I look forward to being a part of the great team at Madison and working with the parents, board and staff and all of the tremendous Madison community. I have admired Madison and its tradition of excellence my entire career and I am thrilled to now have a chance to add to that tradition."

Dr. Tim Ham, Superintendent

Dr. Tim HamA native Arizonan, Dr. Tim Ham was born and raised in Tucson. He moved to the Phoenix area in 1984 to begin his professional career as a Math and Science teacher for the Peoria Unified School District. He taught for seven years before becoming an Assistant Principal and then Principal, also for the Peoria District. After 16 years, Dr. Ham left Peoria to join the Creighton Elementary School District as their Director of Human Resources. In 2002, he became Creighton's Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and served in this position until joining Madison as Superintendent in 2007.

In addition to his work at the K-12 level, Dr. Ham has taught several college courses including Psychology, at both Gateway Community College and NAU, and numerous Educational Leadership courses at Chapman University in Glendale.

Dr. Ham received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1984. He has two Master of Arts degrees, one in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and one in Administration from Chapman University. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1999.

Dr. Ham has received numerous honors and awards for his work in education including, Who's Who Among American Teachers, Arizona's Distinguished Administrator of the Year, and as a finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics. He has served as President Elect for the Arizona Department of Education's Professional Practices Advisory Committee and as President Elect for Arizona School Administrators Association.

He and his wife, Maggie, have been married for 25 years. They have two grown children and one grandchild.