Communications and Community Engagement

Cory McCloskey

Cartwright's award-winning Communications and Community Engagement Department is committed to promoting positive stories within the Cartwright School District. We believe that by informing parents and students about the wonderful academic programs Cartwright offers and the local community events provided, their lives will be enriched and they will thrive in and out of Cartwright classrooms. During a recent parent survey, the department was given a 97% satisfaction rating by parents on the effectiveness of their communication strategies. The team has also won dozens of ASPRA (Arizona School Public Relations Association Awards) that include marketing campaigns designed around videos, postcards, billboards, writing, community events and multi-media projects.

The Department communicates with parents and stakeholders weekly via robocalls, texts, the district website, email blasts, social media and through the monthly parent newsletter – which is well-received by our community and deemed highly informative. The team prides itself in fostering positive and collaborative relations with media partners. The goal is always to tell the rich stories of Cartwright’s students, staff and community successes.

The department also manages all interpreter/translating services for parents and presents Cartwright's Award of Excellence awards, Teacher of the Month awards, Red Carpet Awards (which honors support staff members) and presents communications related procedures and celebrations at all major district meetings including our Governing Board meetings. The team is also responsible for community outreach as well as key school celebrations such as the Retirement Dinner, Honor Hour (which celebrates veterans), the 9-11 First Responder commemoration breakfast as well as the district Holiday Give-back Luncheon in which district departments adopt an underserved family in each of our schools. 

Here is a link to our Cartwright News Stories

Veronica SanchezVeronica Sanchez
Director of Communications & Community Engagement

Veronica Sanchez is an Emmy award-winning former journalist. Before she came to Cartwright to serve as Director of Communications and Community Engagement, she had a long career in television news. She was the consumer reporter at the NBC affiliate,  12 News in Phoenix and also reported in Las Vegas, NV, and Fresno, CA. Veronica is passionate about communications and loves to tell the stories of Cartwright students.

Alma SoteloAlma Sotelo
Communications & Community Outreach Administrator

Alma L. Sotelo-Vargas was named the Administrator in charge of Communications & Community Outreach on April 9, 2020. Alma started her career with the Cartwright School District in 1999 and has held different positions through her career at Cartwright. She came to the district after working for the Los Angeles Unified School District for seven years. She is passionate about facilitating communication between the English and the non-English speaking community.

Alma SoteloIsabel Rodriguez
Administrative Specialist

Ms. Rodriguez has been part of the Cartwright Elementary School District since 2016. Ms. Rodriguez has served the district as an Administrative assistant,  Receptionist, and Administrative Specialist. She proudly represents Cartwright as she was a former student at Cartwright. 



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