Our Mission

The Coconino County Education Service Agency (CCESA) is committed to ethical leadership, effective service, and transformational results for a diverse community of learners.

The CCESA is a government agency operated by the Coconino County School Superintendent. The Agency’s purpose is to ensure that every student in Coconino County, from pre-school through Grade 12, has an exemplary education.  The CCESA also ensures tax dollars allocated to education are used effectively.  We do this with a mindset and commitment to constant innovation, and emulating educational systems that work.

The CCESA is comprised of the following divisions:

Our mission is to create a world-class, authentic, research-based educational system with overt community support. By doing this, Coconino County will be a large county with even bigger ideas, and with education at the heart of all efforts.

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Risha VanderWey, Superintendent of Schools                 

Risha VanderWey, Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, has worked as a teacher, an instructional coach, and site-based principal in Northern Arizona for 14 years.  She was worked on the Navajo Reservation and for Tuba City Unified School District as a 5th grade and 1st grade teacher; Flagstaff Unified School District and Page Unified School District.  In working with varied and unique districts within Coconino County, Mrs. VanderWey is uniquely qualified to represent the County and strive toward excellence in all county schools. Throughout most of her educational career Mrs. VanderWey has worked for Title 1 schools with high rates of poverty and minority students.

Mrs. VanderWey received a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Superintendent Certificate, all from Northern Arizona University.

Staff_TinaGrayTina Wells, Chief Deputy, Fiscal and Accounting Lead

The Chief Deputy is the senior ranking position to the CCESA and acts on the behalf of the County Superintendent. Tina Wells is the acting Chief Deputy of the CCESA and also oversees the Fiscal and Accounting Division.

Tina Wells joined the Coconino County Superintendent’s Office in 1995.  In June of 2010, she was appointed Chief Deputy.  In Fiscal Year 2016, Tina monitored and verified budget and cash capacity in the amount of $139,918,415 for all 9 Coconino County School Districts. She also serves as the financial manager to the CCESA.

In addition to her Chief Deputy duties, and as the lead for the Fiscal and Accounting Division, Mrs. Wells provides significant financial assistance to school districts, such as assistance with school district budgets, budget journal entries, and override/bond elections. Mrs. Wells works closely with district business managers in calculating the school district tax rates.

Tina is married and has two children and two grandchildren.  Her hobbies include travel, shopping and spending time with her family.

Staff_CherylGrayCheryl Mango-Paget, Associate Superintendent, Innovation and Development Lead

Cheryl Mango-Paget, Coconino County Associate Superintendent, has been leading educational initiatives since 1989. Over the past 20 years while in Indianapolis, IN, Ms. Mango-Paget has taught elementary school, served as a building level administrator and district Master Teacher, and taught graduate classes at Marian University. During her tenure she earned the Teacher of the Year Award, Olin B. Davis Award, two National Blue Ribbon School Awards, and was the recipient of several programmatic grants.

During the past 4 years Ms. Paget has worked for the CCESA as a Professional Development Coordinator and Associate Superintendent. During her tenure at the ESA she has co-authored 8 successful science, mathematics and literacy grants totaling $4,025,258.70

Ms. Mango-Paget earned her BS in education at Indiana University. She also holds a MS in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S in School Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.