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Mrs. Cherryl Paul
Superintendent, Sacaton Elementary School District #18
Mrs. Cherryl Paul is an experienced leader and educator who has held many different roles in the field of education including classroom teacher, physical educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Organizational Improvement and Professional Learning, and Superintendent. She is a champion for providing rigorous, high-quality education for all children. She treats all people with dignity and respect and demonstrates a "YES" attitude. Mrs. Paul is passionate about continuous improvement and serves as a National Baldrige Examiner as well as a member of several AdvancED External Review Teams, providing feedback to school systems throughout Arizona and school districts across the United States. Mrs. Paul serves on the Board of Directors for Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) and maintains expertise in aligning and integrating processes leading to increased efficiencies and effectiveness. Mrs. Paul is pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and has been married for 34 years to her husband, Remo.
Dr. Patti Wann
Deputy Superintendent of Fiscal and Business Services
Dr. Patti Wann is a consummate professional with experience as an instructional leader, a heart for student learning, and a deep and broad subject knowledge that spans across English language learning, state and federal alignment and allocation of funding, reading and math intervention, gifted, STEM, and data analysis to impact instruction. Dr. Wann served as a classroom teacher for 14 years in various school configurations and programs including K-6, K-8, Title I, Gifted, Read 180, and STEM. She also served at the district office level for 7 years assisting schools with data management, gifted, reading intervention, state and federal funding, and English language acquisition. Patti is knowledgeable in the use of continuous improvement, both at the school and district level, and has provided leadership and vision in the ongoing establishment and alignment of improvement plans that include measurable district and school goals. She earned her doctorate degree in Leadership and Innovation. Dr. Wann and her husband Greg are grandparents of 6 wonderful grandchildren and advocates for rescuing dogs (they currently have 3 rescues).
Mrs. Deanna Smith-Stout
Director of Exceptional Student Services
Mrs. Deanna Smith-Stout has spent the last 25 years in public education in a variety roles and grade levels that include high school special education teacher, elementary special education teacher, middle school special education teacher, Dean of Students/Assistant Principal, Principal, and most recently, a Program Support and Monitoring Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education.  She has participated on many state level Community of Practice teams and also led the ESS initiative of creating a rubric evaluating each district in the state for special education indicators.  Deanna is a strong advocate for students with disabilities and parents to ensure that they have equal access to a high-quality education that is focused on their needs.  To improve compliance and ensure the implementation of best practices that provide a positive learning environment for staff and students, Deanna stays actively involved in providing training to teachers and district level personnel.  Mrs. Smith-Stout has been married for 18 years and has a 9 year old daughter, four cats, and two dogs.
Mr. Fredrick Poitra
Director of Federal Programs and Organizational Improvement
Mr. Freddy Poitra is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians from northern North Dakota. He is entering his 18th year as an educator mainly working in the Bureau of Indian Education serving as an instructional aide, elementary teacher, data coach, and Assistant Principal. Most of his experience has been on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and in 2008 he received the North Dakota Indian Education Association Teacher of the Year Award. Most recently he served as the Assistant Director of Tribal Education for the Gila River Indian Community. Mr. Poitra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Indian education and a Master of Education degree in Administration. He has much knowledge and experience using data to aide in the decision-making process for educational improvement and to drive instruction in the classroom. He has facilitated workshop sessions relating to best classroom management techniques, utilization of school data to impact student achievement, and classroom technology integration, all for a variety of stakeholders, including school staff, school board members, and community members. Freddy and his wife Jessi have three children and he is both humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve the students and families of the Sacaton Elementary School District. .
Mr. Phil Bonds
Principal, Sacaton Middle School
The 2017-2018 school year marks thirty-eight years in public education for Sacaton Middle School Principal Philip Bonds. He began his career in education as an English, social studies and reading teacher in an inner-city school in Nebraska. The majority of his career involved working in schools in Colorado before moving to Arizona in 2010. Twenty-seven of his thirty-six years of service have been in school administration (Twenty years in middle school and seven years in high school). 

In addition to his experience working in secondary education, Mr. Bonds has worked a variety of other jobs. These include teaching at a community college, ranching, resource management work for the National Park Service, and free-lance wildlife photography.
Ms. Leslie Rychel
Principal, Sacaton Elementary School
Ms. Rychel has served for 31 years in public education. She taught for 18 years across multiple grade levels. She served as an Assistant Principal for 4 years and is now completing her 9th year as Principal of Sacaton Elementary School.
She teaches part-time evening Graduate Courses in Second Language Acquisition for Northern Arizona University. She holds the following degrees and endorsements: M. A. Educational Leadership, B. A. Elementary Education, and Bilingual Endorsement. 
Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18
92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (520) 562-8600
Fax: (480) 763-4410
Elementary School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 3001
Fax: 480.763.4430
Middle School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 2001
Fax: 480.763.4420
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