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Local Glendale District Leader Named New Sacaton ESD Superintendent

Cherryl Paul, Director of Organizational Improvement & Professional Learning in the Deer Valley Unified School District, has been named the new 2017-18 superintendent for the Sacaton Elementary School District located in the Gila River Indian Community.

“I am truly privileged to be selected as the new superintendent for the Sacaton Elementary School District. It will be an honor to serve the children, guardians and community members in the Gila River Indian Community. Together, we will work to move our students forward and support them in our schools, homes and within the community,” Paul stated.

Paul has 22 years of experience in public education, and has been with the Deer Valley School District since 2000, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and most recently as the Director of Organizational Improvement & Professional Learning. She is a collaborative problem-solver who fosters lasting relationships to improve sustainable results.

Paul’s responsibilities included overseeing the advancement of the Strategic Plan, monitoring and reporting of the Campus and Department Improvement process (38 schools and 22 departments), Mentor Induction Program, My Learning Plan, McREL, Facilitative Leadership Training, National Board Certification, Administrative Mentors, Assistant Principal Training, Aspiring Administrators, Instructional Coaches and Academic Facilitators.

She is also an associate instructor with the Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teacher college, a National Baldrige Examiner, AdvancED Examiner and a recent award recipient of the Southwest Alliance for Excellence for organizational commitment. Paul is known across the state as a strong presenter with organizations including the Arizona School Boards Association, Arizona Education Foundation and Az Professors of Educational Administration.

Welcome to Sacaton Public Schools

Dear Sacaton Elementary School District Parents and Patrons:

Welcome to Sacaton Elementary School District #18. Sacaton Elementary School District is a public school district located in the Gila River Indian Community. We serve students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. We are privileged that you have chosen or are considering the Sacaton Schools for your children to attend. The Sacaton Elementary School District staff strives to partner with our students, their parents and their guardians to make this the best educational experience which best challenges, engages and nurtures our children. We know how vital an education is to each of us and to the Gila River Indian Community. To that end the Sacaton Elementary School Board through their actions as policy makers believes the following:

We Pledge that our schools will be good for the Gila River Indian Community on behalf of the students we are fortunate enough to be entrusted with their education. We understand that the Gila River Indian Community has been very supportive of our schools and they, in turn, have always been good for the schools. It is through this collaborative effort that our students are and will be best served. Our students are our focus, and we know that support from the home and the community is vital in the promotion of a valuable and culturally meaningful educational experience.

Thank you for considering and for choosing the Sacaton Elementary School District #18 in which to educate your children.


Dr. Douglas Price


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Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18
92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (520) 562-8600
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