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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, 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. She is currently serving as President-Elect for The Board of Directors of the Arizona State Impact Aid Association. Dr. Paul has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and has been married for 36 years to her husband, Remo.

Ms. Kami Manley

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Kami Manley
   Ms. Manley moved to Arizona in 2008 and began working in public education, serving in business and human resources.  Prior to moving to Arizona, Ms. Manley lived in Washington State where she worked in public and non-profit organizations in the fields of education and recreation.   She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University.  Ms. Manley is excited to join the Sacaton Elementary School District and looks forward to serving staff, students and the community.
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.
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. 
Mrs. Cindy Lewis

Principal, Sacaton Middle School

Principal, Sacaton Middle School

Mrs. Lewis is honored to take the helm of Sacaton Middle School beginning July 1, 2020. She is a passionate and dedicated leader who is ready to lead our staff forward in moving our students to the next level.

Mrs. Lewis has 18 years’ experience in K-12 education. She began her career as a high school teacher, moved into administration as a middle school assistant principal, and spent 7 years as Principal of a K-6 elementary school.  Mrs. Lewis is passionate about learning and supporting students throughout their academic careers. She is a strong advocate of partnerships between home and school and is guided each day through her belief that all children can learn.  

As an instructional leader, Mrs. Lewis is dedicated to ensuring that our students are provided rigorous instruction in a highly respectful, supportive, and nurturing learning environment. These practices have led to high performing schools where students and teachers thrive. She is looking forward to working with the staff to foster quality learning opportunities for all students.

Student growth is supported through many avenues, one of which is participation in extra-curricular activities. Mrs. Lewis believes that students grow most when exposed to a variety of experiences that allow them to put their learning into practice. Whether it be team sports or academic competitions, such as Odyssey of the Mind, students will be provided outlets for their creativity and learning to shine.

Mrs. Lewis is excited to be a Brave, go Braves!

Sacaton Elementary School District 18
P.O. Box 98 • 92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: 520.562.8600
Fax: 480.763.4410
Sacaton Elementary School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 3001
Fax: 480.763.4430
Sacaton Middle School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 2001
Fax: 480.763.4420
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