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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. DiAnne Davidsen
Director of Exceptional Student Services, Sacaton Elementary School District #18
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.
Mr. Phil Bonds
Principal, Sacaton Middle School
The 2015-2016 school year marks thirty-six 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.
Mr. Paul Christensen
Chief Financial Officer, Sacaton Elementary School District #18
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.
Mr. Brad Pico
Director of Federal/State Programs, Sacaton Elementary School District #18
Beginning in 1992 in the Apache Junction School District, Brad Pico has been in education for 25 years. Mr. Pico holds the following degrees: AAS Degree from Mesa Community College in English and Criminal Law, English and Administration of Justice at Arizona State University, and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. Throughout his years in public education, he has taught English, Political Science, Free Enterprises, PE, World & US History, as well as coached football, wrestling, and track & field. Mr. Pico also earned Teacher of the Year Award at Tempe Union High School.
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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