August 2014 Member Spotlight - Patrick Sanchez

Patrick Sanchez,
Superintendent of Adams County School District 14,
Commerce City, Colorado

Career Highlights & Education:  Superintendent, Adams County School District 14, July 2012-Present (2 years, 2 months); Director of Human Resources, Aurora Public Schools, July 2011-June 2012 (1 year); Principal, Ranum and Westminster High School, Adams County School District 50, June 2009-June 2011 (2 years, 1 month); Principal, West High School, Denver Public Schools, June 2006-2009 (3 years, 1 month).

What I like best about my job isI particularly love having a great team of talented leaders that I trust deeply and the influence to make a difference for a large number of students. Additionally, I enjoy mentoring and coaching young aspiring leaders.

The best advice I’ve ever received is:  “Communication is 90% of the job—listening. Don’t miss an opportunity to stop talking and start listening, especially in meetings.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader:  Don’t assume you know or you can sense the priority needs. Take the time to listen and identify the top patterns and themes from all stakeholder groups, then look for areas of agreement as actionable items.

If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found:  I would be found picking up my two kids to go and do something fun.

People would be surprised to know that:  I have a black belt in Judo.

One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS is:  I wish more people knew how critical it is to encourage all members to strive toward the superintendency, especially Latinas, who are severely underrepresented nationally.