First day of school Thursday, August 23, 2018

I would like to personally welcome each one of you to the 2018-2019 school year. I am excited and humbled to serve our students and families as Superintendent of Newark Unified School District. As a career educator and someone who loves all things school-related, this time of year brings such excitement and anticipation. As a father, I remember every first day of school with my children as they experienced the excitement of a new year. As a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, I remember the hustle and bustle of ensuring that every floor was shiny, every desk was ready, and every classroom was warm and inviting for students.

Our commitment to serve the youth and families of Newark is more than a job: it is a calling. Something our minds, hearts, and spirits direct us to do. The endeavor is urgent; the time is now. We have a committed team, a highly-qualified staff, and a culture and climate of great expectations for our students. I am excited to work with you to improve outcomes and increase opportunities for all students and families. Fostering a collaborative relationship where every stakeholders’ voice is heard and everyone’s unique talents are leveraged is imperative to accomplish our goals.

With much gratitude and respect,

Pat Sánchez