Beckman: 2019 brings a renewed optimism to SUSD

On Nov. 6, 2018, I was honored to be elected to the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board.

On Jan. 10, that honor was expanded when I was nominated to become Board President. As I reflect upon the previous year, I am overwhelmed by the memory of the extraordinary effort put forth by our community to support its students, teachers and schools.

Scottsdale Unified School District is different from most Arizona school districts. It is unique because it is a generational district.

It is common for parents to enroll their children in the same school they attended and, in some cases, where grandparents also once walked the halls.

Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President, Patty Beckman. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Teachers routinely seek employment in SUSD with the hope of being mentored by some of the state’s best educators while enjoying long careers until retirement. SUSD is proud to have 83 National Board-Certified Teachers.

The SUSD culture of excellence was built slowly, over decades, with care and trust. When some of our respected and experienced teachers opted to leave SUSD, parents and community members took note, but continued to insist on active partnership with district leaders in order to continue our tradition of excellent educational choices for our youth.

Leading the district toward the goal of enabling ALL students to reach their academic potential is acting superintendent, Dr. John Kriekard.

Dr. Kriekard’s experience, respectful style, and love for the Scottsdale community has done much to stabilize the district in its time of need.

His statements at the most recent governing board meeting define an important part of the culture of SUSD and speak to why many families call it home:

“I would like to re-emphasize something Scottsdale has long been known for and that is exceptional instruction. We will focus not only on the academic instruction that is so important, on a day to day basis, but also on how that fits in with the growing need that we have in our schools and in our society, for social emotional growth.” -Dr. John Kriekard

2019 brings with it a renewed optimism that is shared by many. The focus is on delivering a world class education to our students, with emphasis on our Programs of Pride that include the following:

  • World Language offerings
  • Gifted Pre-K Academy
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Math and Science Academy
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School Robotics
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Honors Classes
  • Advanced Placement
  • K-12 STEM and STEAM Programs
  • Fine Arts and Performing Arts
  • Athletics

And so many more!

Some of my personal goals for SUSD for the near future include emphasis on our Special Education programming and expanding our staff of psychologists and counselors. It is also my intention to seek transparency and community involvement in the renovation/rebuilding of our neighborhood elementary schools — a priority of SUSD’s taxpayers.

I look forward to a bright future for Scottsdale Unified School District. As parents, educators, and neighbors we have faced many challenges and will continue to master them, together.

As we begin a new year full of promise and opportunity, I have confidence that our children will have the best educational experience we can provide for them, right here in SUSD.

We live in a world of educational options that continue to expand. I am proud to say that SUSD is my family’s educational choice. My daughters will attend Saguaro High School’s Math and Science Academy in the fall.

Once again, I’d like to thank the SUSD community for giving me the opportunity to serve our greatest asset, our children and families.

Editor’s Note: Patty Beckman is the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President.

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