From Dr. Sadorf.

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, fourth graders learning about Arizona, 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 first 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 Sun Life Medical Group was 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

Dr. Melissa Sadorf joined the Stanfield Elementary School District in 2012 as the Superintendent, a position she has held for 8 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 encompasses teaching 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.

She currently sits on the Executive Board for the Arizona Rural Schools Association as Secretary, the Arizona ASCD Executive Board as a Member at Large, and is a member of the State Board of Education’s Professional Practices Advisory Committee. She is the current President of the Pinal County Association of School Superintendents. Additionally, she hosts a podcast called The Rural Scoop, focusing on rural education.



2012 - 2018  GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
2012 - 2018  ASBO, International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
2016               Arizona Superintendent of the Year (For Small Districts).


8th Grade Promotion

School News


  • Corona Virus Update: SCHOOL CLOSED from March 16 - End of school year.

    • March 31,2020:
    • March 30,2020: Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman have jointly announced the closing of all schools in the state until the end of the school year.
    • March 27, 2020:  
    • March 24, 2020: Talking with children about COVID-19
    • March 23, 2020: School closed until April 10th.
    • March 17, 2020: SESD Meal Service Notice Effective March 23-27, 2020
      SESD will serve anyone 18 and under a Free Breakfast and Lunch (limit one per person and student must be physically present at food drop off or pickup site). SESD is currently working with the Transportation Department to provide drop off locations throughout the district. Meal distributions will begin at 9:00 a.m. The student may also choose to pick up their meal in the front of the district office located at 515 South Stanfield Rd from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily.
      SESD will continue to serve free meals until the school closure status has been lifted.
      If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lorinda Aouita by calling 520-424-0227.
      SESD and USDA are an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • March 16, 2020: Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman have jointly announced the closing of all schools in the state from March 16 to March 27. As a result the Stanfield Elementary School District has CLOSED due to the current situation with the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
      We are continually monitoring the situation and working with state and county health departments. Current information can be found on our website at and the District FaceBook page (Stanfield TwentyFour).
      Our main concern is always for the health and safety of our students, staff and families. Information will be forthcoming on food assistance and other concerns in the days to come. Please refer to our website or Facebook page for the most accurate and up to date information.
      Dr. Melissa Sadorf
    • March 15, 2020:  Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman just made an announcement that all schools in the state of Arizona will be closed from March 16 - 27, 2020. SESD was scheduled to be on Spring Break next week, so please note that this closure will extend that break in instruction by an additional week. Starting on March 23, SESD will provide boxed meals to students that will be delivered to bus stops once a day for pick up by students or parents. We will provide more detailed information once those plans have been finalized. You can look for the bus stop schedule on the district website after Thursday of this week. The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our priority as we navigate this challenge. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Please continue to check back for updates as we get new information.
    • March 15, 2020:  Letter from Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman 

    • March 13, 2020: Our top priority is ensuring that SESD students are safe and healthy, and District staff has been in contact with Pinal County Health Department to stay up to date on what is happening with the COVID19 pandemic. At this time officials have assured us that the risk of viral spread is low. Spring Break is next week, and at this time it is SESD's intent to resume classes as planned on Monday, March 23, 2020. As you relax during the break, please remember to practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly and covering sneezes and coughs. If your student is sick, do keep them at home so they can get healthy before sending them to us! We will be updating our families through School Messenger if there are any changes. If you have questions, contact the school office! Have a healthy Spring Break!

  • New Black Route bus schedule

  • New Orange - & White Route bus schedule
  • Riding for Focus
    “We’re excited to announce that Stanfield Elementary School has been selected as a grant recipient for the Riding for Focus program from The Specialized Foundation! Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, we’ll be implementing a cycling curriculum into our physical education classes! We can’t wait to ride!#ridingforfocus #thespecializedfoundation #outrideADHD @ridingforfocus

     “We’re excited to partner with Roundtrip Bike Shop in Casa Grande for our Riding for Focus program. Roundtrip Bike Shop has graciously donated their time and expertise to help maintain our bike fleet for the 2018-2019 school year.”
    #ridingforfocus #thespecializedfoundation #outrideADHD @ridingforfocus @rtbs

     More information 

  • A-F Parent letter 

  •  A-F Parent letter Spanish 

  • Immunizations for school attendance:
    If your student is in need of immunizations for school attendance, you can find the nearest clinic location for immunizations at the following website:  clinic locations or the call center 1-866-960-0633. All required and recommended childhood immunizations are free for children under the age of 18 and available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours.