Pat Sánchez bringing with him over 24 years of comprehensive public education experience and a proven track record of transforming four inner city schools and one inner city school district and one suburban school district through collaborative leadership and community engagement.
Superintendent Sánchez is committed to enabling a “student-serving” culture, and building strong parent-community ties. He views shared leadership and collaboration as essential elements to empowerment and excellence for all children.
Superintendent Sánchez strives to make a difference in the lives of people, and his hard work has been widely recognized at the highest levels. Most recently, he was named Superintendent of The Year for the Association of California School Administrators, Region 6 for 2019. He was also names Latino Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) in 2015. Former President Obama recognized him as a Champion of Change on September 29, 2014 – which included an invitation to the White House to share ideas and insights. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Office for Civil Rights also recognized Superintendent Sánchez with national recognition for his collaborative work in 2014, and encouraged replication of his model of supporting parental involvement and engendering community support across the country.
Prior to coming to Reef Sunset Unified School District he served the 6000 students of Newark Unified School District, where he served as Superintendent for four years and prior to that he served as Superintendent of Adams County School District for four years, Colorado’s 26th largest school district serving more than 7,500 students annually. There, nearly 90 percent of students qualified for free and reduced lunch, about 87 percent of the students were children of color, and approximately 55 percent of the students were English-language learners. In this role, Superintendent Sánchez implemented numerous reforms to transform this historically low-performing district. Through addressing racial educational disparities, providing access to culturally-responsive learning environments, and implementing powerful instructional strategies to facilitate seamless English-language acquisition he spearheaded meaningful changes to create an environment of high expectations for students and staff.
Throughout his career, Superintendent Sánchez has demonstrated a deep commitment to working with traditionally marginalized students in inner city schools. His extensive educational background includes time spent as a central office administrator in Human Resources, principal of three high schools, principal of one middle school and other key teacher leadership roles. He also served as a Career and Technical Education Teacher, State Director of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and Assistant State Director for Trades and Industry for the Colorado Community College system. Superintendent Sánchez also worked in Central America for the American School of Guatemala as a secondary principal and transportation director.
Of personal significance, Superintendent Sánchez’s rich background speaks to his deep rooted understanding of the value of higher education. Originally from San Luis, Colorado, he is the youngest of seven children and the first person in his family to graduate from high school, college, and to receive a graduate degree. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary industrial science and a general education license from Colorado State University. He obtained a vocational instructor license in trades and industry. Superintendent Sánchez completed his Master of Arts in administration, supervision and curriculum development at the University of Colorado at Denver, and went on to obtain his professional principal license.
In his free time, Superintendent Sánchez enjoys spending time with his two children, hunting, fishing and hiking.