• Our Mission
    “Success for Everyone. The Responsibility is Yours and Mine.”

    Our Vision (Established 2018)
    "A Community of Learners, Leaders, and Innovators"

    CORE VALUES

    • Compassion
    • Responsibility
    • Equity
    • Collaboration
    • Excellence
    • Learning
  • The Casa Grande Elementary School District is comprised of 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 early childhood learning center serving 6,500 students. With approximately 900 employees, the Casa Grande Elementary School District is presently the second-largest school district in Pinal County and is one of the largest employers in the county.  The annual operating budget is over $50 million.

    We have been supported in our community by local tax payers, having passed a Bond election in 2016 to support the construction of a replacement K-8 school, the purchase of many new buses, and security upgrades to all other schools that are being completed this summer. We also had a 10% Override election that passed during the Fall of 2018. Our boundaries encompass over 400 square miles, and lie within the municipal boundaries of the cities of Casa Grande, Maricopa, and Eloy. Our District also lies within the growth boundaries of the City of Coolidge.

Vision, Strategy, & Brand

  • In March of 2018, our District put out an open invitation for staff and community members to come together in an effort to re-establish our District’s vision, strategy, and brand. We started a process called ReVISION, and prominent members of our community participated in several facilitated conversations about our vision and purpose; understanding that this will unify our work and provide clarity, inspiration, and alignment for everything we do.

    We asked our community to ‘dream big’, and to let us know the best they would want for our schools 10 years from now. We had many amazing responses indicating our community wants our schools to be:

    • leaders in innovation;
    • A+ schools of excellence;
    • places where students are in charge of their learning; and
    • drivers of excellence and change.

    They also indicated they want our district to be:

    • a place with robust resources and compensation;
    • considered the best place to work and learn; and
    • an award winning district where teachers line up for future employment.

    Finally, our community told us they want our students to be exceptional communicators, problem solvers, good neighbors, and ready members of our future workforce. 

    In over a year and a half, our community went through a process of developing a new Vision statement that encompassed the sentiments heard throughout the meetings, re-committed to our existing Mission, and re-designed our logo and brand to portray an image that more closely aligned with our new direction and purpose.

    We also redefined our Core Values, and this summer, the Learning Leadership Team operationalized the values so there would be no mistake about what they mean to our workplace culture and what we want for our learners.

ONE COMMUNITY – TWO DISTRICTS A SEAMLESS STUDENT EXPERIENCE

  • Finally, CGESD and CGUHSD have the unique opportunity to collaborate and provide a seamless set of learning opportunities for our students in grades PK-12. There is an enthusiasm, desire, and plan for increasing the articulation between the two districts, and having alignment between our strategic plans might be the bridge that brings the districts together substantively. Follow this link to view the CGUHSD Strategic Plan about how they are embedding their strategy for improvement, and there are many parallels to be drawn.

     

    GOVERNING BOARD

    President David Snider
    President Pro Tem Gilberto Mendez
    Judee Jackson
    Rachel Hernandez
    Jerry Stabley

     

    ADMINISTRATION

    Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales, Superintendent
    Tom Wohlleber, Chief Financial Officer
    Brenda Tijerina, Director of Talent Acquisition & Employee Services
    Jennifer McClintic, Director of Learning Support
    Cassandra Goldberg, Assistant Director of Learning Support
    Andrea Munoz, Director of Teaching & Learning
    Jan Draper, Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning
    Lisa Dempsey, Director of the Early Childhood Learning Center
    Lisa Bradshaw, Director of Digital Learning & Strategy
    Robert Quinones, Director of Leadership & Engagement
    Darla Johnson, Director of Transportation Services
    Alysia Ruelas, Director of Food Services
    Dennis York, Director of Purchasing, Contracts & Warehouse Services
    Joseph Leon, Director of Finance
    Michael Cruz, Communications & Marketing Specialist

     

    SCHOOLS

    Cactus Middle School 
    Rebecca Romo, Principal
    Mary Slaydon, Assistant Principal
    Peter Quinn, Assistant Principal

    Casa Grande Middle School
    Christopher Laughland, Principal
    Malcolm Young, Assistant Principal
    Samantha Sarnowski, Assistant Principal

    Cholla Elementary School
    Azure Sullivan, Principal
    Taryn Tijerina, TOA

    Cottonwood Elementary School
    Dr. Barbara Wright, Principal
    Rachel McCoy, TOA

    Early Childhood Learning Center 
    Lisa Dempsey, Director

    Desert Willow Elementary School
    Melissa Pieper, Principal
    Jeffrey Groh, TOA

    Evergreen Elementary School
    Scott Raymond, Principal
    Denia Welch, TOA

    Ironwood Elementary School
    Robin Rosales, Principal
    Mandy Curry, TOA

    McCartney Ranch Elementary School
    Jessica Quiñones, Principal
    Gabriel Wong, TOA

    Mesquite Elementary School
    Julie Holdsworth, Principal
    Stephanie Rice, TOA

    Palo Verde Elementary School
    Joanne Kramer, Principal
    Gabriel Cheavers, TOA

    Saguaro Elementary School
    Celie Downey-Foye, Principal
    Marcy McCue, TOA

    Villago Middle School
    Jeff Lavender, Principal
    Stephanie Sander, Assistant Principal
    Donald Nusbaum, Assistant Principal