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During the 2020-2021 school year, Superintendent Menzel and the SUSD Governing Board initiated a broad, wide-ranging, future-focused strategic planning process that engaged the Scottsdale community at-large to articulate a vision for the District’s future that is both aspirational and inspirational.  

SUSD’s strategic planning process included three initial phases:

In Phase 1, a Design Team of stakeholders (i.e., parents, community members, administrators, teachers, and classified staff members) developed the SUSD vision, mission, and values to guide the District into our desired future.

In Phase 2, Design Team members determined the strategic goals and commitments to align district wide actions.

During Phase 3 of the SUSD Strategic Planning Process, District and school leaders and teachers identified key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure progress toward the realization of SUSD’s strategic goals and commitments -- and the following five district strategic initiatives to support implementation of the SUSD Strategic Plan:  

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Academic and Behavioral)
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Talent Attraction and Retention
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Optimized Learning Resources

View the SUSD Strategic Plan here

The SUSD Governing Board approved the Strategic Plan and established initial Key Performance Indicators in June of 2022.   And District leaders reported on the progress of Strategic Action Teams and progress on all KPIs in June of 2023.

The District is now engaged in an ongoing cycle of continuous improvement: monitoring our progress towards achieving our goals, analyzing data and context,  and annually reporting our progress and resetting KPIs and performance measures to ensure we are focusing on what matters most. 

Strategic Action Teams (StAT Teams)  

To activate the next steps toward deep implementation of the Districtwide initiatives, five Strategic Action Teams (StAT Teams) comprised of district and school administrators, teachers, and classified staff members were established September of 2022.   The scope of the initiatives requires a multi-year implementation timeline and commitment on the part of StAT Teams.  Leaders of the StAT Teams will begin to report out on key learnings, progress, and outcomes of each of our StAT Teams at Governing Board meetings during the second semester of the 2022-23 SY.   

MTSS A MTSS B Innovation T &  L

Dr. Cindy Bochna
Dr. Kim Dodds-Keran

Shannon Cronn
Matt Lins

Dr. Michelle Watt
Dr. Dave Priniski

Tamara Jagodzinski
Rick Dwyer
Shannon Blair
Dale Merrill
Jonna Wallis
Diane Murphy
Donna Dempsy
Carlie Fried
Grace Stombres
Ali Ellis
Mickaela Leopold 
Megan Tipton
Jaime White 
Sarah Torrilhon

Chuck Rantala 
Alisha Kellum
Chad Johnson
Violet Richards
Dorianne Brown
Lauren Piloto 
Susan Wertheim
Alice Spingola
Patty Mastropolo
Lauren Fellman
Maddie Rice

Janelle Danskey
Anne Plenkovich
Kristen Tindall
Annette Siemssen
Catherine Miller
Stacey Pasquel
Johanna Kaiser
Nichole Viderman
Roni Scholz
Larissa Beckstead


Attracting & Retaining Community Partnerships Optimized Resources  

Alexis Wilson
Amy Goff

Kristine Harrington   
Amy Downs  

Shannon Crosier
Dennis Roehler

Shelley Hummon
Junior Michael 
Kat Hughes
Stacey Pasquel
Julie Leyva  
Becky Williams 
Brooke Phillips 
Keri Blaker

John Andrews
Matt Patzlaff
Sara Johnson
Kenneth Shuck
Tarnisha Tilson 
David White
Michelle Irvin
Shawn Crosier
Susan Lindberg
Tammy Clow-Kennedy
Katie Kunitzer
Lisa Randall - Chamber
Dennis Robbins - Charros
Nan Strohmaier - SUSD Foundation

Margaret Serna
Yogi Chinnam
Hannah Makolay
Marin Velarde
Brenda Spiesak
Francisca Garcia
Christina Bonow
Josh Friedman
Steven Paluch

Through the ongoing commitment to the strategic planning process, SUSD continues on a path to operationalize our District’s vision and mission – in alignment with the values, strategic goals and commitments, initiatives, and KPIs established to ensure SUSD’s present and future success.