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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.
Mr. Paul Christensen
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Christensen has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Sacaton Elementary School District for the past six years. Paul started as a high school teacher and taught in Mesa for four years before moving to the business office where he has served for the past 26 years. His responsibilities include the supervision of the Maintenance, Transportation, Food Service and Technology Departments of the school. He is an active member of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, has served as President, Board Member, and has taught Accounting and Business classes for the association for 25 years.
Dr. DiAnne Davidsen
Director of Exceptional Student Services
Dr. DiAnne Davidsen, Director of Exceptional Student Services for Sacaton Schools, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, a Master’s in Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has written grants, presented at conferences, and has taught and administered programs from Head Start through the university level; her most recent teaching experience was five years as an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in their Master’s Program. Many of you remember her as DiAnne Garner, the Sacaton Elementary School District Director of Special Education from 2002- 2005. She was active in the community through her work at Sacaton River of Life Church in music, teaching, and Christmas Productions, and continues to be active in her current church. She is a published author in both journals and books on topics in the Special Education field.
Dr. Patti Wann
Director of Federal Programs and Organizational Improvement


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).
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 in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th grades, was an Assistant Principal for 4 years and completing her 9th year as a principal.
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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