Veteran educator Dr. JoEtta Gonzales joins Casa Grande Elementary School District

by Bryan Harris, Ed.D., Director of Professional Development & Public Relations, Casa Grande Elementary School District

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

Dr. Gonzales has served for 29 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, national equity assistance center director and district administrator. While in these roles, she introduced and implemented multiple initiatives related to educational equity and systemic school reform. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy development from Arizona State University, with a focus on leading diverse school communities. In addition to her work in K-12 education, she also taught university courses in bilingual and multicultural special education at Arizona State University. Most recently, she served as an area school superintendent, supervising 18 schools in the Reno-Tahoe area.

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.

“I am honored to be the next superintendent of this amazing organization,” Dr. Gonzales said. “Dr. Davidson and the other dedicated staff have established a tradition of excellence and an expectation of high achievement for all of our students.”

She added, “My job will be to build on that foundation and help guide us to increased levels of success for our students and community.”