Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon has announced that, effective May 15, 2011, Susan (Sue) Stickel will serve as Deputy Superintendent. Stickel is replacing Deputy Superintendent Martin J. Cavanaugh, who is retiring after a 35 year career in education.
Stickel previously served the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Intervention. She also has served as Director III of Curriculum, Instruction and Intervention services within the County Office. In addition, Stickel previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the California Department of Education.
"We are delighted to have Sue serve as our Deputy Superintendent," Superintendent Gordon said. "She has been instrumental in developing our administrator training program, and showed true leadership when she served as Project Director for the California State Academic Content Standards Commission. She also has served with distinction as a teacher, union president, district and county office curriculum leader, and State Deputy Superintendent under former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell."
Stickel is a recognized expert in instruction, curriculum development and professional development. Earlier in her career, she served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Professional Development for the Elk Grove Unified School District and Instructor of Education Administration for California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the Association of California School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Council Teachers of Mathematics. In 1984-85, she served as President of the Elk Grove Education Association.
Stickel holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco, an Administrative Credential from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento.
Cavanaugh joined the Sacramento County Office of Education as Deputy Superintendent in October 2004 after 13 years of service with the Elk Grove Unified School District. He is nationally recognized for implementing the Neverstreaming program, an early intervention and prevention project for at-risk students. The Neverstreaming program, as well as the LINKS program, received the California School Board Association's prestigious Golden Bell Award.