Superintendent / Leadership

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board will be launching searches for both an Interim Superintendent and a Permanent Superintendent.
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Dr. John Kriekard, Acting Superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District

Dr. John Kriekard

Position |  Acting Superintendent
Phone | 480-484-6120
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Executive Admin Coordinator | Sondra Como

Scottsdale Unified School District welcomes back Dr. John Kriekard to the SUSD family, in the role of Acting Superintendent. Dr. Kriekard has 40 years of combined experience as both an educator and administrator. He has spent more than half of his career (23 years) serving Scottsdale in roles ranging from Assistant Principal to Assistant Superintendent, but most notably, as a Principal in three of our five learning communities.

He went on to successfully lead the Paradise Valley Unified School District as Superintendent and now returns to Scottsdale with a student-focused vision and a collaborative spirit.

Dr. Kriekard is the recipient of the All Arizona Superintendent of the Year Award, as well as the Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award. He earned his doctorate from Arizona State University and his master’s from Western Michigan University.

Superintendent Letters

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02-2018 | English | Spanish
01-2018 | English | Spanish
12-2017 | English | Spanish
11-2017 | English | Spanish
10-2017 | English | Spanish
09-2017 | English | Spanish
08-2017 | English | Spanish
07-2017 | English | Spanish
06-2017 | English | Spanish
05-2017 | English | Spanish

Superintendent History

Superintendent History | PDF


Dr. Steve Chestnut

Associate Superintendent
Senior Executive Admin Assistant |  Deanna Reed
Phone | 480 484 5025
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Dr. Steve Chestnut was an educator in the State of Washington for many years. He was a high school teacher and coach, a middle school principal, and a superintendent. For the past six years he served as the superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District, in Maricopa, Arizona. Dr. Chestnut was an adjunct professor of education at two universities in Washington, and has worked as an adjunct professor for Grand Canyon University. He has a master's degree in education from Central Washington University, and a master’s degree in business administration from City University of Seattle. He completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Seattle University.


Bond School Rebuilds, Bond Life Cycle Projects, Bond School Learning Environment Projects, Bond Safety and Security Projects, Technology, Building Services

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Dr. Steve Nance

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Admin Assistant |  JoAnn Cano
Phone | 480-484-6159
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An educator for 40 years, Dr. Steve Nance began his career spending several years as an elementary classroom teacher in Iowa. He has been an elementary school principal in both Iowa and Arizona, including 15 years in Scottsdale as principal at both Sequoya and Pima Elementary Schools. While at Pima, Dr. Nance was named by the Wallace Foundation as a member of their Circle of Honor, recognizing the top 1% of principals in Arizona. When Arizona began labeling schools, Pima became the first Excelling Title I school in the state. Dr. Nance also served as assistant superintendent in two other Arizona districts before returning to Scottsdale in 2016. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.


Curriculum, Professional Development, Grants Management, Program Development

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Dr. Cecilia Johnson

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership
Admin Assistant |  Laurie Abdo
Phone | 480-484-6102
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Dr. Cecilia Johnson brings to Scottsdale Unified School District over 20 years of experience in educational leadership. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Purdue University. Dr. Johnson’s career includes secondary art teacher, high school administrator, elementary principal, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, and superintendent of schools. Most recently, Dr. Johnson worked as an Associate Superintendent for the Arizona Dept of Education. During her tenure, she served on several national councils and boards, providing her expertise nationally to shape education policy and practice.


Leadership Supervision, Administrative Training, College & Career Partners


Dr. Doug Virgil

Interim Chief Financial Officer
Admin Assistant |  Jill Olivas
Phone | 480-484-6149
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Doug Virgil  recently retired after serving over 20 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services at Alhambra School District in Phoenix.  He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Cameron University, Lawton OK, and master’s degree in business from Webster University, St. Louis MO.  He completed a doctoral degree in education administration and supervision at Arizona State University.  Prior to Alhambra he was the school district business manager for Miami Unified School District in Miami, AZ, for over three years.  He has been an adjunct professor teaching public school finance at Arizona State University and Argosy University, and taught math and economics for Eastern Arizona College, Gila-Pueblo Campus.  Before Doug entered into the field of public school finance he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an infantry officer in the U. S. Army. 


Budget Planning, Financial Management, Business Services, Internal Auditing

Leadership Team

Sondra Como
Executive Admin Coordinator to Superintendent & Gov. Board

Sheryl Rednor
Executive Director of Teaching & Learning

Dr. Milissa Sackos
Executive Director of Support Services

Diane Bruening
Executive Director of Special Education

Debbie Ybarra
Executive Director of Elementary Education

Nancy Hudson
Director of Early Childhood & Community Education

Erin Helm
Public Information & Marketing Officer

Dennis Roehler
Director of Facilities Management

Jeff Cook
Director of Transportation

Susan Doyle
Director of Human Resources

Patti Bilbrey
Director of Nutrition Services

Nathan Slater
District Athletic Director

Carol Pollack
Director of Instruction and Professional Development

Mai-Lon Wong
Director of Gifted & Accelerated Programs

Michael Roberts
Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction

Michelle Marshall
General Counsel


Dr. Kristopher Treat
Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

Dawn Schwenckert
Director of Special Education

Tara Gonyer
Director of Special Education (Compliance)

Kris Costanzo
Director of Payroll

Debi Spaulding
Chief Systems Officer

Nathan Johnston
Coordinator of Fine Arts

Shannon Crosier
Manager Budget & Position Control