Dr. Cort Monroe's Monthly Vodcast
Script for the January, 2021 Vodcast
Happy 2021 to you and yours. I hope you and your family are well. Exciting and better days lie ahead in the Cave Creek Unified School District and I am very optimistic about our future. In addition, I would also like to wish Dr. Debbie Burdick a happy retirement and thank her for all of her efforts over the many years she served in helping to achieve the level of excellence that exists in CCUSD for both students and families. She has been a critical part of my own transition in Cave Creek over the past few months. We have made a heartfelt attempt to honor the extraordinary work accomplished by Dr. Burdick during her tenure, however, we realize that all the thank yous can never equate to the positive difference she has made in the lives of students and individuals in CCUSD over the year. Thank you, Dr. Burdick
I am thrilled to join the Cave Creek Unified School District family and have been made to feel very welcome already. I thank each one of you for that. The opportunity to work with a great team of educators and professionals who serve our students in Cave Creek is exciting. As the new superintendent, I express my commitment to begin the good work by engaging and listening to stakeholders so that we can continue the many great things already happening and collaborate on how we can continue to improve. I look forward to visiting schools to connect with our administrators, teachers, staff, and students, meeting with our parents and community groups, and becoming a member of the greater CCUSD family. Challenges lie ahead, however, challenges also bring opportunities. Together, we will continue to inspire excellence within Cave Creek and build upon its success moving into the future.
A little bit on me. I have more than twenty years in K-12 public education experience serving in a wide variety of roles. I was recently the Assistant Superintendent for the Queen Creek Unified School District, a position I held since 2015. I have also held a variety of school-based and administrative roles including; Director, Principal, teacher, high school coach, and a 1st-grade bilingual instructional aide. Where it all started.
I am also very privileged to pay it forward and contribute to the Arizona higher education experience for future school leaders and educators in the state. Currently, I serve as a Graduate School Adjunct Professor for Northern Arizona University and have taught undergraduate and graduate classes for both the University of Phoenix and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I earned my Doctorate Degree from Northern Arizona University in the area of Educational Leadership in 2014 and also earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University (Go Devils) and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (Go Cougars).
I look forward to meeting each of you and working with the Cave Creek Governing Board, staff, parents, families and all stakeholders in our commitment to both maintain and grow the success that has been accomplished so far in CCUSD. Together we can build on that foundation by offering a well-rounded, rigorous academic program at all of our schools – ensuring that all our students are successful in our classrooms, laboratories, on our playing fields and courts, as well as on our stages.
Please be expecting a very short survey to be sent to you this week. I'd like to know and hear your thoughts on the strengths as well as the opportunities for growth that lie ahead in CCUSD. Thank you and happy 2021.