WE ARE led by:
Steve Watson is the Maricopa County School Superintendent and, as such, leads the Maricopa County Education Service Agency. He is one of 12 elected Maricopa County officials. Mr. Watson, a Republican, was elected in 2016, and is serving his first four-year term.
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WE ARE the Office of the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools and a Team Made Up of Teachers, Principals, Curriculum Experts, Special Education Experts, Professional Development Experts, Assessment Experts, Human Capital Management Experts, Finance and Business Experts, Information Technology Experts, Legislative Experts, Governing Board Experts, Homeschool and Private School Experts, Research and Evaluation Experts, Juvenile Justice Experts, Citizens, Parents, Grandparents
WE ARE these dynamic leadership teams:
Marc Kuffner leads the Economic Management team that provides a suite of financial and technical services to school districts such as grants management, school financial consulting, working cooperatively with school districts in determining local property tax rates and information technology training and consulting. Contact Marc Kuffner
Dr. Lori Shough leads the Education Innovation team. Education Innovations is comprised of education leaders and experts in the areas of Common Core, STEM, assessment, and professional development. The team provides targeted support to teachers, school leaders, and instructional coaches through a variety of differentiated support options. Contact Lori Shough
Human Capital Management Systems
Dr. Lori Renfro leads the Human Capital Management Systems team. This team is comprised of two separate, yet related programs funded through Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants sponsored by the United States Department of Education. Human Capital Management is focused on recruiting, retaining, placing, and sustaining highly effective educators in our schools. Contact Lori Renfro
Learning & Communications Systems
Laurie King leads the Communication & Learning Systems team. The team develops agency marketing materials, communication systems and customer engagement opportunities through the innovative uses of technology. Contact Laurie King
Veronica Brawner leads the Constituent Services team, which makes the MCESA experience an exceptional experience. The Constituent Services team is comprised of experts in the areas of School Governing Board Elections, Private and Homeschooling, as well as all things related to the MCESA events, facilities and scheduling. Contact Veronica Brawner
Research & Evaluation
The Research & Evaluation team is charged with reviewing research and data in order to inform instructional programming and practice.