The Coconino County Board of Supervisors selected a Page educator to serve as County Superintendent of Schools.
The Board appointed Lake View Primary School Principal Risha VanderWey to head the Coconino County Education Service Agency (CCESA) as Superintendent of Schools. VanderWey, who currently works within the Page Unified School District, is scheduled to begin her new job as county superintendent March 17.
VanderWey’s term runs through 2014, until a primary and general election is held to fill the remainder of outgoing Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2016.
“After vetting multiple highly qualified candidates, the Board of Supervisors is pleased to welcome Risha as our next Superintendent of Schools,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan. “Her expertise and background working to provide our students with a sound education will ensure our children are prepared to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
A passion for serving her community and ensuring children have the tools needed to succeed persuaded VanderWey to seek to become the next elected administrative leader for education within the County.
“I thank the Board of Supervisors for the opportunity to serve as our next Superintendent of Schools,” said VanderWey, who has served three years as principal at Lake View Primary School in Page. “Education is more than a passion, it’s a calling and I intend to draw on the skills and expertise I have acquired throughout my career. To become effective leaders of tomorrow, our students must be given the tools and opportunities needed to be successful citizens of the 21st Century.”
VanderWey obtained her superintendent certificate from Northern Arizona University and holds two master’s degrees, including one in educational leadership and the other in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
For the past 12 years, VanderWey has served in an administrative role in addition to her experience as an instructional coach and teacher of kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth grades in Title 1 schools with large populations of English language learners throughout Northern Arizona.
The position is currently held by Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty, who recently announced his resignation from the office to accept a position with Teach for America.
Kelty will step down from the position March 17.