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Assistant Superintendent, Willliam Santiago

William SantiagoAssistant Superintendent

Mr. Santiago has served for twenty years in multiple culturally diverse, urban communities as a special education teacher, football and track coach, assistant principal/athletic director, principal, and director of special education. Mr. Santiago began his career in education as a bilingual paraprofessional at Herrera Elementary School in the Phoenix Elementary School District.  After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Mr. Santiago taught special education at Highland High School in Gilbert, AZ.  In addition to teaching, he was also an assistant coach for football and track as well as a club sponsor.  After five years of teaching, he was selected to serve as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director and to open Desert Ridge High School.  In 2004, Mr. Santiago joined Mesa Public Schools where he served as the West Area Director of Special Education and then Director of Special Education.  Following his years in Mesa, he served as Director/Principal for Youth Development Institute in Phoenix, AZ. In 2010, Mr. Santiago joined the Roosevelt Elementary School District as Principal for Bernard Black Elementary School.  For the last four years, Mr. Santiago worked in the Tempe Union High School District as the Director of Special Education.  Mr. Santiago brings passion, supported by extensive administrative experience at both the district and school levels.

Mr. Santiago holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is completing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University