This past May, Dr. Ember Conley became Mesa Public Schools’ (MPS) newest superintendent – the largest public school district in Arizona. Conley oversees the educational growth of approximately 64,000 students through a variety of learning opportunities including Montessori, International Baccalaureate, dual-language immersion, honors and Advanced Placement courses as well as Franklin Traditional Schools.

With high hopes of improving every aspect of education throughout the district and plans already in motion to do so, Dr. Ember Conley was a clear choice for this month’s Cadence at Gateway East Valley Community Champion.

Dr. Conley began her educational journey as a classroom teacher in Colorado before transitioning to a high school principal. Dr. Conley’s other credentials include elementary school principal, director of assessment and deputy superintendent in Maricopa, Arizona, as well as five years as superintendent of Park City School District in Utah. Inside the classroom, Dr. Conley is planning to provide early childhood students with the proper tools to reach third grade reading levels, increase eighth grade math and 11th grade English proficiency, and improve graduation rates. She has already begun to work alongside the rest of the district’s administration to create learning plans, establish vision, and build culture for everyone involved in the district.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Conley plans to take on modern ideals in the support of students. She stated, “Social and emotional learning is important to me. I’m passionate about changing the approach we use to support children, prevent childhood drug and alcohol addiction, and address the mental health needs of students.”

We congratulate Dr. Conley on her new position and thank her for being a Cadence Community Champion as she continues to establish the solid foundation upon which MPS students and staff can learn and grow. To learn more about MPS,

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