Submitted by The Park City Board of Education
According to a press release from the Park City School District, Dr. Ember Conley has been unanimously selected as its new superintendent beginning July 1, 2013. She is currently Deputy Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona.
"Dr. Conley has the experience that will benefit students, teachers and administrators of our district. Her student-centered focus on academic excellence and experience implementing the common core standards, teacher evaluation systems, data-driven decision making, along with her work on closing the achievement gap with diverse student populations, are precisely the attributes we sought in our comprehensive nation-wide search process," the release stated.
Conley is reportedly excited about the opportunity.
"I've met with parents, teachers and administrators in Park City before considering this role; and was impressed by the community wide commitment to making Park City Schools among the best in the nation. My family and I are looking forward to contributing to that sort of engagement both professionally and as active community members."
Teachers, administrators, parents and students were all involved in the rigorous candidate evaluation through a community-based search committee. Three finalists were interviewed during intensive 2-day visits to the district that included school visits, meetings with a variety of faculty and staff and interactive community forums.
According to the release, Tom Van Gorder, who has been serving as interim superintendent since former superintendent Ray Timothy's departure will continue as a senior staff executive to the Superintendent.
Additional details about Dr. Ember Conley:
Conley is a native of Utah, born in Moab. She received her bachelor degree from Arizona State University and graduated with honors from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. After owning her own business for six years, she returned to Fort Lewis College and earned her teaching certification in Elementary Education. Her teaching career includes 4th grade, 6th grade science, 6th grade math, and 7th grade math. She received her Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Policy Studies.
She has also served as a high school assistant principal, high school principal, and elementary principal. In 2010, she graduated with honors from Argosy University with a doctoral degree, focusing on K-12 Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. She was awarded the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Dissertation in 2010 for her research in the learning styles of Native American Students. She has served the students and community in Maricopa, Arizona for five years as an elementary principal, deputy superintendent, and interim superintendent.