2013 Superintendent of the Year
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If you live in Pasco, went to school in Pasco, or currently have children in the Pasco School District then you probably know, or know of, Saundra Hill.
She has been Pasco School District’s Superintendent since 2002, but her roots in this community reach back three decades. She came to Pasco in 1982 already a veteran teacher, having worked in Bickleton and PeEll prior to entering the Pasco School District as a Migrant Resource Teacher at Longfellow Elementary. Her career in the District continued on an upward trajectory. By 1986 Hill had been promoted to District Bilingual Program Administrator, by 1990 she had taken a cabinet position as Director of Staff Development and Evaluation, and in 1993 she took the helm as Director of Special Programs, overseeing such programs such as Title 1 Basic, Migrant, Bilingual Education, and Student Assessment and Evaluation, as well as supervising and developing programs to improve student achievement.
In 1997 Hill shifted her career path. Hill had already earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at the University of Puget Sound and her Master of Arts in Education at Central Washington University, but this lifelong learner had not yet completed her educational goals. In 1997 the teacher became a student again. And in 2000 Hill was awarded her Juris Doctor by the University of Washington School of Law. Even during those years in law school, Hill still had her focus on helping children, working at the University of Washington School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic and as an intern for the General Counsel in the Bellevue School District.
This dedication to and advocacy for children has been the hallmark of her tenure as Superintendent of Pasco School District. Her exemplary leadership has also been recognized beyond Pasco. In 2010-11 she was chosen by her peers to serve as president for the Washington Association of School Administrators. In November 2012, she was awarded the distinction of 2013 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and is a candidate for the national title.
Now what you might not know about Saundra Hill is the many paths she traveled before she landed in education. In high school she flipped burgers in the Puyallup Valley, where she also picked a few berries and beans when she wasn’t socializing. She worked her way through her college degree first as a secretary and then as a waitress working graveyard at a 24 hour café. As a college student she traveled across the country and back and may or may not have slept under a picnic table or two on that journey. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” Saundra lived in Afghanistan for a few months where she shared the shower with bright red cockroaches. And, as a first year teacher, she supplemented her income by spending her summer driving a wheat truck in Bickelton, where she “loaded on the go.” Saundra Hill is truly a woman of many talents.
When she is not working tirelessly on behalf of the students and families of Pasco, Saundra and husband Bill enjoy spending time with their four children and seven grandchildren, especially on the ski slopes.
To contact the Superintendent's office call 509-546-2801 or email email@example.com