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Mrs. Cherryl Paul

Superintendent, Sacaton Elementary School District #18

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. 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 35 years to her husband, Remo.

Dr. Patti Wann

Deputy Superintendent of Fiscal and Business Services

Dr. Patti Wann
Dr. Patti Wann is a consummate professional with experience as an instructional leader and a heart for student learning. Dr. Wann served as a classroom teacher for 14 and 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 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

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. 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 19 years and has a 9 year old daughter, four cats, and two dogs.

Mr. Fredrick Poitra

Director of Federal Programs and Organizational Improvement

Mr. Fredrick Poitra
Mr. Freddy Poitra is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians from northern North Dakota. He is entering his 19th year as an educator. 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. 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. 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. Andre Gillespie

Principal, Sacaton Middle School

Andre Gillespie, Sacaton Middle School Principal

Mr. Gillespie is an experienced building level administrator who has served as an administrator in several large metropolitan school districts across the country.  He has nearly twenty years of experience as an administrator at both the elementary and middle school levels.  Before earning a promotion into administration, Mr. Gillespie began his educational career as an elementary physical education teacher and a teacher of Spanish. He has served in the United States Army Reserves within the engineering division.  During his military service, he deployed to several Central American countries where he continued to serve, learn more on leadership, teamwork, and Spanish.  Through his experiences, he has become a systematic and passionate educational leader who works to make a difference in the lives of those whom he serves.

Mrs. Wanda Burton

Principal, Sacaton Elementary School

Wanda Burton, Sacaton Elementary School Principal

Ms. Burton has been a nurse at CIGNA Healthplan in pediatrics and urgent care, an allergy office, and taught nursing at the Bryman School.  She was a stay at home mom and a homeroom mom in when her first child entered kindergarten. This is where she found her passion for teaching in elementary education.  She took online classes to become a teacher when her youngest child started pre-school.  When she went to first grade, Mrs. Burton completed her student teaching.  When she promoted to second grade, Mrs. Burton became a first grade teacher.  She taught first grade for seven years, then moved to third grade to help students pass math and science on state tests.  She felt that teaching writing was her weakest link as a teacher, so she became National Board Certified in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts to complete her skills.  Mrs. Burton remained in the classroom for 13 years teaching ELL, gifted, after-school enrichment classes and volunteered as a leader and coach for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, softball, soccer, and basketball. She believes experience and exposure is critical to education, so she encouraged her children and the children she works with to embrace opportunities. This is her passion as a teacher, leader, mother to make opportunities available to children, learning and growing through obstacles and failures to reach personal success that builds and sustains a better world.

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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