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You may already be familiar with “I Pledge,” which asks students to make a commitment to stay in school up to their high school graduation. As with everything we do though at SAUSD, this pledge is collaborative in nature. As our students are pledging their commitment to their education, we, as a district offer a pledge to provide that education to them. Educators and administrators have taken a pledge that we will support our colleagues, parents, and community partners, and work hard to be the best we can be every day.
For the 2016-17 school year, the district had an astounding graduation rate of 93%!
Rigo Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Alfonso Alvarez, Ed.D.
In fact, over seven years, SAUSD has seen an 11.5% rise in the number of students who have crossed the stage at graduation. That’s an incredible achievement. When you look behind the numbers, you see dedicated teachers and forward thinking educators. You find staff members who treat every student with respect, as well as mentors and community leaders who provide guidance and support. You also discover supporting, nurturing, dedicated parents and family members. Perhaps most importantly, and most tellingly, you find students from across the socio-economic spectrum who work hard each day to achieve success in the classroom. Some of these students started their academic careers in the district and others have joined us mid-stream to continue their education. The thing that they all have in common is a dedication to learn, a desire for knowledge, and a quest for the truth. I’ve always believed that Santa Ana Unified has the best students anywhere, and there hasn’t been a day that our students haven’t proven me right.
Superintendent Stefanie Phillips, Ed.D.
Esqueda Elementary students are ready for the new school year.
Edmond Heatley, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent / Administrative Services
SAUSD Community Welcomed Back to School
Mark McKinney Associate Superintendent / Human Resources
Orin Williams Assistant Superintendent / Facilities & Governmental Relations
Alfonso Jimenez, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent / K-12 Teaching & Learning
Sonia Llamas, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent / School Performance and Culture
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Mayra Helguera Assistant Superintendent / Special Education/SELPA
We’ve spent time building new community partnerships, strengthening our curriculum, expanding kitchens, and enlarging our early college programs. That is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the goals that has driven these changes and that each of us - educators and administrators - strive to achieve is to build strong, connected, lifelong learners. This year we’ve brought that idea to life with the “I Pledge” campaign.
Manoj Roychowdhury Assistant Superintendent / Business Services
Deidra Powell Chief Communications Officer
So I say again, welcome back. We missed you.
Theresa Cisneros Staff Writer / Communications Coordinator
Josie Amador Administrative Secretary
SAUSD Board of Education members reflect city’s diversity
The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) Board of Education is made up of five elected community members who, through their areas of expertise, reflect the diverse community of the City of Santa Ana.
policies and provide community leadership on behalf of the district and public education. Here’s a closer look at our Board members and the job skills that they bring with them to their positions.
Relations for the California Policy Center.
Member Alfonso Alvarez, Ed.D. is a Senior Social Services Supervisor for Orange County.
President John Palacio is self employed as a Consultant.
Member Rigo Rodriguez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Together, our Board Members bring their expertise and work experience in diverse industries to make important decisions that impact our students daily.
The Board provides leadership and citizen oversight of SAUSD schools and operations.
Vice President Valerie Amezcua is a retired Supervising Probation Officer.
Members work with Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips to, among other things, ensure accountability, set a direction for the district, provide a basic organizational structure for the district by establishing
Clerk Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias is Director of Community
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