Dr. JoEtta Gonzales, Superintendent

Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales, Superintendent

Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales, Superintendent ---Email

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Meet Superintendent Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales

In April 2016, following an extensive nationwide search, Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales was selected to follow Dr. Frank Davidson as the next superintendent of the Casa Grande Elementary School District.

Dr. Gonzales is a product of Arizona schools, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Special Education, earning her Administrative Credential and Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, and earning her Doctor of Education from Arizona State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Development.  She and her husband are both native to Pinal County, and together they have three successful adult children.

Superintendent Gonzales has extensive professional experience as an educator: twenty-one years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in urban, suburban, and rural school settings, and nine years of district and regional administrative experience. Gonzales taught special education and mathematics at the middle and elementary school levels in the Kyrene Elementary School District, and served as a dean of students and certified specialist prior to taking a principal position with the Tempe Elementary School District. Before taking on the role directing a national equity assistance center, The Equity Alliance at ASU, she worked in the Maricopa Unified School District as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Most recently, Dr. Gonzales has served as Area Superintendent, supervising 18 schools in the Reno-Tahoe area of Nevada.

Dr. Gonzales has taught courses in Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education at Arizona State University and Leadership in Special & Inclusive Education at the University of Kansas.

Immediately after her selection as superintendent, she began working with Dr. Davidson, District leaders, and Governing Board members to map out a successful transition plan.  She looks forward to working with staff, community leaders, parents, and students to continue the tradition of excellence established in the District.

With a focus on equity, quality, and family, Superintendent Gonzales’ pursuit of the superintendent position in Casa Grande Elementary School District arises from her desire to contribute, inspire, and make a lasting positive impact. She is guided by the conviction that education changes lives and strengthens communities, and believes school leadership is about being responsive and inclusive. She staunchly believes in our children – all children – and strives to ensure leadership that inspires our best efforts; all day, every day.

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