Marcelo Cavazos, Ph.D.

Superintendent, Arlington ISD

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos has nearly 30 years of experience in education, earning awards including the 2009 Arlington MLK Celebration Sharing the Dream Award for Education, the 2012 Educator Award from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Texas Superintendent of the Year and the Texas nomination for the 2017 AASA Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Cavazos holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The University of Texas – Pan American and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He started his teaching career in 1990 in the Mission Consolidated ISD, working his way up to becoming the Arlington ISD superintendent in 2012. Cavazos has also worked for the Texas Education Agency’s Department of School Finance and Support and as a lecturer for The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Also a leader in community work, Cavazos received the 2012 YMCA Citizen of the Year Award, the 2013-2014 Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Arlington Elks Lodge No. 2114 and was the 2016 Seat 21 Honoree by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. He serves in several nonprofit organizations, including on the boards of directors for the TASB Risk Management Fund, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, United Way of Tarrant County (Executive Committee), Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, River Legacy Foundation and the Arlington ISD Education Foundation. Dr. Cavazos is also active at St. Matthew Catholic Church. He has been married to his wife, Nora, for 19 years; they have two children.