Message from our Superintendent

A Message From Dr. Sadorf

With almost a century of service to our community, Stanfield Elementary School District is known for its academic excellence, collaborative culture and rich traditions. This district’s commitment to insuring that every student promotes from our school well prepared for high school, college, career and citizenship in the 21st century is clearly evident on our campus. Whether observing Kindergarten students support engaged in literacy events, sixth graders create a personal budget, or our Middle School Robotics team complete complex, real world problems, you will find students engaged in complex and relevant learning.

This commitment to academic excellence is made possible by a professional, creative staff and a strong partnership with the Stanfield Community. Every year, we partner with numerous groups, service organizations and businesses to create new and exciting learning opportunities for our students. We will be working to continue our successful ELL English program and refine our implementation of our instructional technology, putting a Chromebook in the hands of every second through eighth grade student. We also look forward to launching a new health clinic for the community that will be located on campus. This partnership between SESD and Sunlife Medical Group was also made possible with grant funding by the Ak Chin Indian Community.

I don’t believe that you will find a more student-centered, engaging and supportive school district in Pinal County. Our commitment to rigor, relevance and the whole child is the foundation for the education that Stanfield Elementary School District offers its students. I encourage you to become an active partner with us in educating the children of Stanfield.

Educational Background

Superintendent Melissa Sadorf joined the Stanfield Elementary School District in 2012, a position she has held for 6 years. Prior to moving to SESD, she served as Principal of Joyce Clark Middle School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Assistant Principal at Apache Middle School and Joyce Clark Middle School.

Her educational career started as a sixth grade teacher, middle school reading interventionist, and physical education teacher for the middle school level. She coached both boys and girls basketball and was an AIA referee for high school and college volleyball. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, and obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.


2017 Arizona Rural Schools Association Secretary and Member of the Executive Board
2012 – 2016 GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
2012- 2016 ASBO, International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
2016 Arizona Superintendent of the Year (For Small Districts)