St. DavidUnified School District #21

Meet Our Superintendent

Arleen Kennedy was appointed as St. David Unified School District #21 superintendent in July 2018 after serving over 24 years in education as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district office support personnel. Ms. Kennedy graduated from South Carolina State University in May 1993 with a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law. Continuing the educational journey, in December 1996, she received a MAT in Secondary Education from The Citadel Military College. Additionally, Ms. Kennedy holds a second M.ED in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University and is currently writing her dissertation for the completion of the ED.D in Urban Education Leadership.

She fostered active professional membership with the following organizations: the School Superintendent Association (AASA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 

Ms. Kennedy is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Sisters of Faith #45.

A Message from Our Superintendent

As the new superintendent, it is important to me to improve St. David Unified School District #21’s standing as a premier school district in Arizona. From my initial communication with staff and those vested in the St. David community, all embrace the quest that the schools continue to provide quality education to all students. I look forward to engaging with students, staff, and the community-at-large as we continue to commit ourselves to innovative teaching strategies, positive student, teacher and staff interaction, and district-wide teamwork. I am confident that St. David ‘s growth will be imminent.

As we begin preparing for the 2018-2019 school year, my commitment to district success will be highlighted by the creation of more opportunities for the community to actively engage in the learning process. Expanding our commitment to district core values will encourage the growth elevation potential needed for the desired outcomes we seek. 

As a district, we will be committed to academic excellence that will empower students to become motivated learners and challenge them to excel as citizens in a global society. Strategies to support the endeavor will include what I fondly refer to as the three C’s:

  • Create and maintain a clear, shared sense of purpose focused on student learning.
  • Create high-achieving learning environments for all students.
  • Create and enhance learning opportunities for all students.

St. David Unified School District #21 strives to be recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. We have much to be proud of in St. David Unified Schools and will continue to emphasize the Tiger pride in the coming school terms!


Arleen Kennedy

Arleen Kennedy