Superintendent Dr. Jan Vesely
Dr. Vesely is in her third year as Superintendent in Kyrene. In her first year, she spent the first several months on a "listening tour" of the District, meeting with staff and parent organizations at each school. She initiated a District-wide curriculum audit, and began to address the key findings and recommendations, including a re-organization that directed resources to schools to provide instructional support for students.
One of the hallmarks of Dr. Vesely's Superintendency has been community engagement, as she continued the work of the Parent/Superintendent Council, resurrected the Student/Superintendent Council, and created the Kyrene Business Alliance and Citizens' Budget Committee. Two new Councils, the Community/Superintendent Council and the Teacher/Superintendent Council, will be added in the 2018-19 school year.
Dr. Vesely has also initiated the Kyrene "Positive Parenting Series", which will provide parents, students, staff and community members with the opportunity to learn more about key topics such as school safety and security, understanding the impact of social media on youth, bullying, adolescent health and development and wellness.
As a former teacher, principal and administrator with over 40 years of experience in education, Dr. Vesely recognizes the important role of teachers and staff in Kyrene. The Kyrene Values Teachers, Staff and Students program was initiated in 2017, as a partnership with local businesses, to provide recognition of individuals who have gone above and beyond in reaching high levels of achievement in the classroom.