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Wrong Maria Menconi?

Dr. Maria Menconi

ACR Administrator Daily Rate

Tucson Unified School District

HQ Phone: (520) 225-6000

Email: m***@***.org

Tucson Unified School District

1010 E. 10Th Street

Tucson, Arizona 85719

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Assistant Superintendent
Tucson Unified School District

Deputy Superintendent
Tucson Unified School District

Kyrene School District

Fountain Hills Unified School District

Chandler Public Schools

Principal and Director of Special Education
Chandler Public Schools



educational management
New Mexico State University

master's degree

University of Florida

bachelor of arts degree
middle school education

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TUSD assistant superintendent Dr. Maria Menconi said, "As part of their units. That's correct.


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Dr. Maria Menconi, Superintendent, Kyrene Public Schools

As 2003 dawns

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Jan. 30 - Menconi steps down: After nine years in the Fountain Hills Unified School District, Superintendent Maria Menconi tendered her resignation, effective in June, to take the top spot in the Kyrene School District in July.

After rounds of interviewing with the Kyrene community, school board and administration, the field was narrowed to three applicants.Menconi was the top choice for the position.Once the details of the contract were made clear, she accepted their offer.
"I think I just really want to give that kindergarten through eighth grade environment a shot," Menconi said.
Hermie and David Lutkemeier were the only candidates the board considered to fill the seat, which was vacated by former Superintendent Maria Menconi, who left to take a job in the Kyrene School District.
May 29 - Menconi leaves: May was bittersweet for Maria Menconi as she spent her last official days on the job as Superintendent of the Fountain Hills Unified School District.
The Governing Board hosted a reception in Menconi's honor at which Board President Ginny Chin commented on Menconi's nine years in the district.
"Maria has always been relentless in her focus on students," Chin said.
May 29 - McNeill bids farewell: The May 22 meeting of the Fountain Hills Unified School District's Governing Board was emotional since it was the last official meeting for both out-going Superintendent Maria Menconi and Board Member Pam McNeill.
Former Superintendent Dr. Maria Menconi was invited back to address the crowd and thank those who made the project possible.
"It's great to be back," Menconi said.
"Fountain Hills Middle School stands as a testimony to what a community can do," Menconi concluded.

Kyrene School District - Archived News/Information Center

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District Superintendent Maria Menconi will share opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.

"I continue to be amazed of the outpour of support the community has for Kyrene programs," said Superintendent Maria Menconi.
Earlier this year Superintendent Dr. Maria Menconi announced her retirement effective June 30, 2006. The following is a recap of the events that have taken place thus far and the plan for community and staff participation in the recruitment of the next Kyrene Superintendent.
December - Superintendent Menconi announced her retirement
It begins at 6:00pm with a Speaker's Forum in the Multipurpose Room, including founding principal of Manitas Rosemary James and Kyrene Superintendent Maria Menconi. Dessert Anniversary cake will be served.
Retirement Celebration for Superintendent Dr. Maria Menconi
The Kyrene School District will be honoring their Superintendent with a retirement celebration. The reception will take place on May 9 at 5:00 p.m. at the Ben Furlong Education Center, located at 8700 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe. Staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to attend.
Dr. Menconi requested her retirement in December of 2005 and her retirement will be effective on June 30, 2006. She decided to retire as superintendent to support her husband in his career pursuits. Dr. Menconi has committed her lifetime to children and public education.
At the time of Dr. Menconi's retirement announcement, Governing Board member Rae Waters stated, "In my role with Arizona School Boards Association, I have had the opportunity to visit many districts.
This dedication to children has been guided under the leadership of Dr. Menconi."
At the regularly scheduled Governing Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, the Kyrene Governing Board approved Dr. David Schauer as Kyrene's next Superintendent, replacing Dr. Maria Menconi who will retire June 30.
Dr. Menconi requested her retirement in December of 2005 and her retirement will be effective on June 30, 2006. Dr. Menconi has committed her lifetime to children and public education. Prior to beginning her term as Kyrene Superintendent in 2002, she spent 29 years in public education serving as Principal and Director of Special Education in Chandler Unified School District, Associate Superintendent and Superintendent in Fountain Hills Unified School District as well as teaching and administrative positions in New Mexico, Florida and Arkansas schools.
Dr. Menconi requested her retirement in December of 2005 and her retirement will be effective on June 30, 2006. Dr. Menconi has committed her lifetime to children and public education.

Kyrene's Menconi takes change all in stride 08/07/02

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Maria Menconi is no stranger to change.

But with her stepdaughter, Menconi learned to get through it.
"It was like life put me on a U-turn," she said, referencing her stepdaughter's analogy.
"And we were trying to get back on course."
Her professional life helped, as well as a little twist of fate.
Menconi pledged she would never consider marriage again.
The only child of an Italian immigrant father and an Italian-American mother from Rhode Island, Menconi was born and raised in the Italian neighborhood of Miami.She never learned to speak English until she was 5 and started to go to school.
"I didn't have to.I never left the neighborhood, my whole family was in one place so that's all I spoke," she said, describing a large but close-knit Italian family.
"It was kind of like The Godfather.Well, not really like that.Just the part about so many people being around the house and everywhere."
After earning her bachelor's degree in secondary and middle school education from the University of Florida, Menconi stayed and received her master's in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading/language arts.She would continue to complete her doctorate at New Mexico State University in educational management and development.
She recalls the importance her parents stressed on education.Her father held a number of jobs including that of a chef, waiter, maƮtre d' and an Italian grocery store owner.Although he had no formal higher education, Menconi admires his hands-on approach to education.
"He was very well-read.He knew about so many subjects, just by reading and learning about what was out there," she said.
A big Kennedy supporter, her dad would not back down from political discussions at the dinner table either.This is where Menconi's interest in politics and world affairs sprouted.
She remembers living in Arkansas during the early political career of Bill Clinton saying, "He was a good governor.I don't agree with some of the decisions he'd made since then, but he was good."
She also talks about how Arkansas voters blamed Hillary Rodham Clinton for her husband's first election loss, blaming it on her keeping her maiden name.
"After that is when she changed it to Rodham Clinton.Isn't that funny?"
With experience in teaching and administration at New Mexico and Arizona schools, Menconi comes to Kyrene with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm.Positions with the Chandler Unified School District and the Fountain Hills Unified School District, where she served as superintendent for four years before taking the same seat with Kyrene, have taught her that ZIP codes may change, but children in them don't.
"Whether you're in Chandler or Kyrene, a poor or economically successful community, children and what they need are the same.The goals for their education remain the same.Just how to go about achieving them might be different," she said.
She also keeps the ups and downs of her students with her and uses the experiences for the next round of challenges and objectives.Her dedication and commitment to educating children touches her beyond the surface level.
"I run the gamut.When you see a child succeed and do well, it stays with you and you feel great.But there's that feeling when you see you're going to lose a kid and there's nothing you can do about it.You see them slip away," she said.
"That's a horrible feeling.

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