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Reflections of My First 100 Days
Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Superintendent of Schools

Happy New Year! The Santa Ana Unified School District is off to a great start for 2017, and I look forward to working with our staff, parents, and community members to ensure that we are providing the absolute best learning opportunities for our students.

I have passed the 100-day mark of serving as your Superintendent, so I wanted to provide a brief overview of what I have learned, observed, and accomplished.
Since the beginning, I have remained focused on my three main priorities – CLASSROOM, COMMUNITY, AND CONNECTEDNESS. Throughout my visits to our schools, I have observed high-quality teaching and learning, student engagement, the dedication of our support staffs, conditions of our facilities, and safety of our schools. I have also had an opportunity to enjoy our students perform in visual and performing arts, sports, speech and debate competitions, and many other extracurricular activities that have allowed us to cultivate our students, discover their talents, and nurture their successes.
I have been in the community advocating for our students and sharing the great things that are happening in our District. Whether it’s with our local leaders, leaders at the State Capitol, or with our parents, I have been telling our story. On November 10th, I was able to share the State of our District with over 600 SAUSD supporters. For the first time, two State of the District breakfast presentations were held to address our community and business partners as well as our parents. It was a great opportunity to outline our district goals, indicators of success, our progress to date and to encourage all of our partners to be ambassadors for our students.

In support of preparing our students for college and careers, I have met with our local higher education partners to strengthen the pathways for our students to graduate from our District and seamlessly continue their college education at Santa Ana College, California State University Fullerton, University of California Irvine, and Chapman University specifically. Because of our strong partnerships, we have been able to provide college courses at all of our traditional high school campuses, giving our students a jumpstart to their college education.

As I continue to review and observe the many programs and resources that we have in place, my work with staff has been focused on how they all connect and support our core business of providing a high quality education for our students in and out of the classroom.

It’s been an amazing 100 days, and I would not have been able to accomplish what I have without the confidence of the Board of Education, the input and collaboration with staff, and the encouragement, and support of so many individuals. Thank you for entrusting me to be your leader, and I look forward to another successful 100 days and beyond!


Stefanie P. Phillips, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Last Modified on January 20, 2017