Human Resources


The mission of the Human Resources Department is to ensure the recruitment, selection and employment of the best-qualified personnel for each position in the District. The Cartwright Elementary School District is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, disability, or national origin.

Our staff holds high expectations for themselves and our students, believing that all students can learn and succeed. The District engages in advocating, promoting, and securing the rights of all persons who are stakeholders in our educational community.

Educators in the Cartwright School District collaborate as members of a professional learning community. That community fosters mutual cooperation, emotional support, and personal growth as we work to enrich the lives of our students and parents.

Department Goals

We will increase student achievement by recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly qualified, highly motivated, and highly effective staff members.

We will provide exceptional customer service by supporting, assisting, and responding to our community, our schools, and other departments within the school district.

We will promote risk-taking for innovation by developing and implementing technology-based systems to organize and improve our daily operations.

Tom HancockTom Hancock
Director of Human Resources

Mr. Thomas Hancock has been working in public education since 2004. His prior experiences in Cartwright include serving as an elementary teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, principal, and the Assistant Director of Human Resources. Additionally, he was the Director/Administrator for Human Resources in the Peoria Unified School District and the Vice President of Human Resources for an educational staffing company. Mr. Hancock has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University.

David SantellanesDr. David Santellanes

Dr. Dave Santellanes has been the District’s teacher recruiter since 2000. His prior experiences include serving as an elementary school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent for personnel services, superintendent of schools, and Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Northwest Coalition for Community Education Development at the University of Oregon for 11 years. He received The Oregon and National Community Education Association’s highest awards and has served as an adjunct professor in numerous universities throughout the country. Dr. Santellanes has over 50 years of experience in education and received his Ed.D. degree in 1973 from Arizona State University, M.A. from Central Michigan University in 1971, and B.A from Arizona State University in 1968. He has served as a senior consultant on two national evaluations of education and strongly believes that students will succeed when strong teachers and caring parents collaborate with the emphasis on student learning. Dr. Santellanes enjoys working at the Cartwright School District because everyone’s efforts are focused on student achievement.

Michelle RobertsonMichelle Robertson
TOSA Human Resources

Michelle Robertson has been part of the Cartwright Elementary School District since 2002. Ms. Robertson has served the district as a teacher, Content Specialist, and Induction & Retention and Staff Development Specialist. Additionally, she represented employees as the Cartwright Education Association President, Vice President, and Negotiation Chair for many years. Before her career in public education, Ms. Robertson worked in the medical, behavioral and social service field.

Alice PerezAlice Perez
Administrative Coordinator

Alice Perez was born and raised in Arizona. She started with the Cartwright School District in 2003 and is very passionate about her job. She loves working with people and loves to see how hard everyone works to help our kids in the district.

Rita MoncibaezRita Moncibaez
Administrative Coordinator

Rita is a native of Arizona and has worked for the Cartwright School District for 22 years. Rita worked at Palm Lane Elementary for 20 amazing years and decided to make a change in her career and is currently working in Human Resources. She has been delighted to see the many changes and growth in the children and parents in the community.

Heather SalazarHeather Salazar
Administrative Coordinator

Heather Salazar is a native to Arizona and attended Alhambra High School in Phoenix, AZ. She started working for Cartwright on August 2013. Heather started working at Desert Sands Middle School as an administrative assistant first and then transferred to the Human Resources Department. Her current position is the administrative coordinator for Human Resources. Heather enjoys working for Cartwright and its community.

Irma RamosIrma Ramos
Administrative Specialist

Irma Ramos started working for the Cartwright School District in August of 1992 in the Food Services Department and has also held positions as a custodian, a special education assistant and has also worked as an administrative assistant at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School. She has worked in the Human Resources Department for the last 12yrs. Irma really enjoys working with the Cartwright School District and its community.

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