Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Dr. Melissa Sadorf currently serves as the superintendent of the Stanfield Elementary School District. An educator at all levels for almost three decades, Dr. Sadorf brings considerable expertise in leadership and teacher preparation, policy development and advocacy, and education in a variety of educational settings. No matter the age of the student, she works to engage and motivate learners with rigorous and relevant content built on a foundation of relationships in the classroom.

Her commitment to giving back to the teaching profession has opened opportunities to mentor educators in both rural and urban settings, ensuring they gain the skills and background knowledge to hone their leadership. She serves as a content developer and coordinator for the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Rural and Small School District Resource Center and as adjunct faculty for NAU and Central Arizona College in a variety of courses concentrated on teacher preparation and educational leadership.

In the past decade, Dr. Sadorf has focused on advocating for rural education and rural leaders. In that venue, she is involved with local, state, and regional organizations to help raise awareness on the unique challenges that rural educators face. She hosts a podcast that explores rural issues and also holds monthly superintendent virtual round tables to ensure rural voices are being heard.

Dr. Sadorf serves as the superintendent representative on the Arizona State Board of Education's Professional Practices Advisory Committee. Most recently, she was selected by the United States Department of Education as a school ambassador fellow.