Latino Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent, Adams County School District 14
5291 East 60th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022
Pat Sánchez is the Superintendent of Schools at Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, Colorado. Adams 14 is Colorado’s 26th largest school district, serving more than 7,500 students; 73 percent who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and nearly 87 percent are children of color and about 55 percent of students are English Language Learners
Pat grew up in San Luis, Colorado, as the youngest of seven children. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, college and to receive a graduate degree. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University and earned his vocational instructor license in trades and industry in 1997. In 2000, he completed his Master of Arts in administration, supervision and curriculum development at the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2002 he obtained his professional principal license.
His educational background includes time spent as a central office administrator in Human Resources, and a principal at the secondary level. He has also worked both in Colorado and the American School of Guatemala in a number of middle and high schools as an assistant principal and dean of students. Additionally, Pat has served as State Director of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, and as Assistant State Director for Trades and Industry for the Colorado Community College system.
Pat’s notable leadership in Adams 14 has created a much-needed reform initiative to ensure all students in Adams 14 have access to culturally-responsive learning environments, and are engaged through powerful instructional strategies that facilitate seamless English-language acquisition.
Under Pat’s leadership, the District is embracing equity to ensure that diversity amongst students, staff and the entire community is celebrated as strengths in the organization.
Pat is pioneering the educational landscape in pursuit of more equitable access to high quality education for all students. Pat is committed to this work, to ensure that race is no longer a predictor of academic success.
Pat has worked tirelessly to empower all families and community members to become engaged partners in their child’s education, by creating welcoming environments District-wide that reflect and support a culturally diverse population.