Welcome to the Professional Portfolio of

Nora Amavisca Reyes, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Vice President

Mesa Community College


(480) 461-7444


Nora Amavisca Reyes was born in Roll, Arizona, the youngest of seven children and the only one born in the United States after her family immigrated from Mexico. Nora graduated valedictorian from Antelope Union High School in Wellton, Arizona and continued her education at Arizona State University, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Education degree in Multicultural/Bilingual Education, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in bilingual education. She began her professional experience as a bilingual second grade teacher in South Phoenix then shifted her focus to teacher education when she was hired at Mesa Community College as Residential Education Faculty. She has served in numerous leadership roles, including Education Studies Department Chair, Chair of MCC's Department Chair Association, Education Instructional Council and Articulation Task Force Chair, Guanajuato and Xalapa Study Abroad Director, Teachers of Language Learners Learning Community Grant Project Administrator, Dean of Innovative Learning and Academic Support, President of Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (AZ TESOL), Vice Provost for the MCC Red Mountain Campus, and currently Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grant Administrator and MCC Senior Associate Vice President. Nora is happily married to her high school sweetheart, cherishes time spent with family, relishes her daily yoga, and enjoys opportunities to go hiking.

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Awards & Fellowships

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities Leadership Academy / La Academia de Liderazgo (2021-22)

  • Mesa Community College Hall of Fame: Distinguished MCC Staff (2018)

  • Mesa Community College Employee Excellence Award (Spring 2012)

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Excellence in Education Award (2010)

  • League of Latino American Citizens Outstanding Latino Educator Leader Award (2004)

  • Mesa Community College Faculty Excellence Award (Spring 2003)

  • American Educational Research Association/Spencer Fellowship recipient (1996-97)

  • Title VII Fellowship recipient (1993-96)

  • Antelope Union High School Hall of Fame for musical achievement in flute (1989)

  • Student Teacher of the Year (1988)

  • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar (1988)

  • Antelope Union High School Valedictorian (1984)