Superintendent's Monthly Letters



Superintendent's Message
Dr. Debbi C. Burdick
May, 2017

Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this month's webletter about a very special person in CCUSD-Ms. Nancy Shaver, Principal of Lone Mountain Elementary School, who is retiring at the end of the school year.  Ms. Shaver has spent the past 33 years as a respected employee of our district.  I wanted to share some of the Nancy Shaver Story with our CCUSD Family.

Nancy Shaver graduated from Alma College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.  In 1982, she was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Northern IL University and completed her Administrative Certificate coursework in 1994 from Arizona State University.  Ms. Shaver began her educational career in Clio, Michigan as an elementary physical education teacher and then moved onto Prescott, AZ to teach fourth grade.

In 1984, Ms. Shaver was hired in CCUSD as a second grade teacher and advanced to lead teacher at the Cave Creek Elementary School on Cave Creek Road-known to many in the community as the "Little School" at the corner of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Roads.  She became the principal at Cave Creek Elementary in 1994 and began the planning for a new elementary school, Desert Sun Elementary.  Nancy was the principal at Desert Sun Elementary from 1995 to 2007. 

The CCUSD District Office used her expertise in the Curriculum and Instruction department in the 2007-08 school year. However, Ms. Shaver, missed the students so much that when the Lone Mountain Elementary School principalship became vacant for the 2008-9 school year, she asked to fill the principal position and has remained at LMES for the past eight years, renewing their A+ School of Excellence label and leading the school with Excelling and "A rated" status.

Over the years, Nancy's evaluators have documented her patient, respectful and caring actions.  She is noted as being a quality educator who loves to showcase science, long before STEM was an educational term.  It has been said that she gives the best hugs in the district and certainly has always had the very best costumes for many school events and special days.  Nancy Shaver has been a treasure for CCUSD and we thank her for her dedication.  She will be greatly missed.  It is difficult to imagine CCUSD without Nancy Shaver in it-we are lucky that she lives in our community and we can still see her. 

Thank you, Nancy Shaver, for being an exceptional educator and leader!