Avondale hires new assistant superintendent

William Santiago, who has more than 20 years of experience in education, was hired as the new assistant superintendent for Avondale Elementary School District on July 25. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

By Israel Gonzalez

The Avondale Elementary School District Board voted unanimously July 25 to hire William Santiago as new assistant superintendent.

The board expressed confidence in its decision to hire Santiago, who previously served as director of special education for the Tempe Union High School District.

“I can’t wait to see you in action and hit the ground running,” said Mark Gonzales, Avondale Elementary School District board member.

Santiago has 20 years of experience in education, and made a positive impression at a welcome back event earlier in the morning.

“The energy and enthusiasm was very high off the charts, which is great,” Santiago said. “It’s not the, ‘OK, welcome back’ kind of thing...After 21 years you can spot that really fast.”

Santiago heard about the opportunities from colleagues and is grateful he applied, he said.

“It’s a small world as always,” Santiago said. “I had some colleagues who knew there was a search going on for assistant superintendent and they encouraged me to put my name in.”

Santiago is coming to the assistant superintendent position with a wealth of experience, having been a paraprofessional, special education teacher, assistant principal and principal. He resides in the East Valley, but he’s committed to making the trek to Avondale for school events. Santiago has also already explored the area, and is ready to start the coming school year strong.

“I can’t express how excited I am about it,” Santiago said. “We have an incredible academic and cultural diversity here and can’t wait to be part of it, and working to make us the most recognized district in the state.”

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