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Dr. Cherryl Paul

Superintendent, Sacaton Elementary School District #18

Superintendent, Sacaton Elementary School District #18

An experienced leader and educator, Dr. Cherryl Paul, who has held many different roles throughout her career in the field of education. She is a champion for providing rigorous, high-quality education for all children. Through her demonstration of the "YES" attitude, all people are treated with dignity and respect. Dr. Paul is passionate about continuous improvement and served 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. During her service on the Board of Directors for Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE), Cherryl Paul gleaned expertise in aligning and integrating processes leading to increased efficiencies and effectiveness. Dr. Paul has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and has been married for 36 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. For the last 22 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher for 14 and at the district office level for 8 years assisting schools with data management, gifted, reading intervention, state and federal funding, English language acquisition, and most recently, running the business office and supervising Facilities, Transportation, Food Service, Federal Programs, and Property Control. 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. In 2016, she earned her doctorate in Leadership and Innovation. Dr. Wann and her husband Greg are grandparents of 7 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.  To ensure that students with disabilities and their parents have equal access to a high-quality education that is focused on their needs, Deanna's stance is that of a strong advocate.  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 21 years and has a 11 year old daughter, four cats, and one dog.

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 20th year as an educator. Most of his experience has been on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, and in 2008 Freddy received the North Dakota Indian Education Association Teacher of the Year Award. Before joining the SESD staff, he served as the Assistant Director of Tribal Education for the Gila River Indian Community. Mr. Poitra's vast knowledge and experience in education allows him to use data to aide in the decision-making process for educational improvement and to drive instruction in the classroom. Freddy is humbled and honored 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 20 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. During his military service in the United States Army Reserves within the engineering division, he deployed to several Central American countries where he continued to serve, learn more about leadership through teamwork, and further refine his Spanish.  Through his experiences, he has become a systematic and passionate educational leader who works to make a difference in people's lives.

Mrs. Wanda Burton

Principal, Sacaton Elementary School

Wanda Burton, Sacaton Elementary School Principal
In her role as principal, Mrs. Wanda Burton loves, guides and supports preschool through fourth grade students.  Teaching on the Navajo Reservation for 13 years fostered her ability to teach using an integrated approach to incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) into cross-curricular, standards-based lessons.  Wanda's leadership experience working with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and coaching a variety of sports instilled the importance of volunteerism.  Positively influencing the lives of students is Mrs. Burton's passion and provided the foundation for her pursuit of a degree in educational administration.  A Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and her National Board Certified Teaching credential in 2010 is a perfect fit for bringing a plethora of experience to Sacaton Elementary School District. She eagerly embraces students, staff, and the community within the learning setting. 
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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