July 1, 2021
Dear PUSD Families, Faculty, Staff, and Community,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. It is a pleasure serving as the Superintendent of Payson Unified School District, the heart of the Payson community. It goes much deeper than being just a rural school district. Our PUSD community is a place where individuals fold up their sleeves and help their neighbor without question, volunteer with local community programs and work together to promote EXCELlence. We are an integral part of Payson that does big things. Combining teaching, coaching, sponsorship, volunteering, outside of education work experience, counseling services, degrees, and military service PUSD has well over 5,000 years amongst its faculty and staff.
In a season where education seems to be facing an uphill climb, PUSD continues to work hard to maintain a connected culture, foster learning, and keep its students, faculty, and staff engaged and excited to come to school with a strong work ethic. As a National Capturing Kids Hearts Showcase District, we equip faculty and staff to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional well-being, relationship-driven campus culture, and student connectedness.
As we continue to face new challenges daily, it is imperative to remain connected, motivated and inspired to learn for forwarding progress. The importance of making sure each heart is okay before expecting performance is the essence of Capturing Kids Hearts and the culture within PUSD. We know that the more a child feels connected and appreciated, the more they internally and emotionally can succeed and want to be a part of the whole.
I hope that all students, families, faculty, and staff thrive and flourish this school year
through interactions with each other, academics, instruction, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, and time with family.
May each of you continue to shine through:
With Warm Regards,