Superintendent Leadership Team
Meet Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor's Superintendent Leadership Team.
Victoria Farrar, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Victoria Farrar manages procurement and special projects for Cartwright School District. She has over seven years of experience managing all areas of school operations including human resources, transportation, business services, food service, maintenance, and accounting. She is a member of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials and currently serves on the membership committee. She received her MBA from Grand Canyon University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors's Degree in Political Science.
Deputy Superintendent for Educational and Family Services
Ema Jáuregui began her career teaching in a K-8 school. She continued her teaching experience as a middle school teacher at Estrella Middle School. She entered school administration as the assistant principal of a preschool. Then she served as an assistant principal in a K-5, K-8, and a middle school for 6 years. She spent 6 years as the principal of our school John F. Long Elementary. Ema Jáuregui joined the Educational Services department in 2016 and served as the director of STEM/PLC and the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.
Dr. Heather Cruz
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Dr. Heather Cruz is the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services for the Cartwright School District. Located on the West side of the valley in Phoenix, Arizona, the district serves well over 15,000 pre-K-8 students and 900 teachers. Dr. Cruz brings 30 years of education experience serving as a teacher, administrator, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and associate superintendent at the state level. As a well-known contributor and expert in the area of teacher supervision, school law, and policy, Dr. Cruz serves as an adjunct professor for Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. She is an active member of Arizona School Administrators where she has served as president and currently serves as the treasurer and webmaster for the Best Public Education in Arizona Foundation. She is also the Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder of Ribbit Learning Company. Cruz is an ongoing advocate for district public schools where she works passionately to ensure that all students achieve success.
Dr. Juan Medrano
Assistant Superintendent of District Operations
Dr. Juan Medrano has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He is a supporter of high-quality education for public education for all children. He is a lifelong learner committed to educational equity for all of our scholars and is excited to serve our Cartwright community. Previously, he served as the Director of Special Services and is looking forward to leading the District's Operations plan in a future-focused way.
Executive Director of Human ResourcesMy goal is to support and advance the mission and vision of the Cartwright Elementary School District as Executive Director ofHuman Resources. My strengths are Team effectiveness, group dynamics, and having crucial, professional conversations. I will facilitate continuous improvement by mentoring administrators and teachers and advancing initiatives as well as leading diverse groups toward consensus and ownership. Previously I have worked for the following districts: Apache Junction, Tolleson, Madison, Scottsdale & Kyrene. I am thrilled to join the Cartwright family!
Executive Director of Fundraising, Outreach, and Public Affairs
As the administrative head, Jonathan oversees marketing, communications, community engagement, and heads Cartwright’s philanthropic opportunities and partnerships. Mr. Larkin is a Marine Corps veteran and a former elected official of the Arizona State Legislature. Elected in 2012 to the Arizona House of Representatives he served as the ranking member on the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. While always having a passion for education he also became an advocate for workforce innovation and entrepreneurship. Shortly after in 2016 he was recruited by a bay area startup where he continued his work addressing the skills gap of today’s workforce by integrating Ai and machine learning into educational and private sector products. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Technical Management from DeVry University in addition to a master’s degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, ASU.
Executive Director of School Leadership
Patricia Lopez has more than 34 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. She has taught special education, regular education, and ELL. She was an assistant principal of a K-6 school, principal of an elementary and middle school, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and currently is the Executive Director for School Leadership. Patricia has done extensive work in professional development with teachers and school administrators in the areas of curriculum and instruction and Visible Learning. She has also worked as a facilitator with governing board members and served for 10 years as a Governing Board Member in her home district. Patricia is a former foster parent, surrogate parent for students in foster care who needed special education services, and is currently the founder of the Krystal Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which serves to provide scholarships to teens fighting cancer.
Executive Director of Safe Schools and Social-Emotional Learning
Raul Piña has been a part of the Cartwright School District since 2001. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master’s in School Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Raul is a former middle school teacher for English Language Learners. This is his 25th year in school administration. Throughout his 21 years in the Cartwright District, Raul has served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, Principal Coach, and the Director of Safe Schools. Raul has been a trainer for teachers and administrators throughout the state of Arizona on topics to include: School Culture, School Improvement, Professional Learning Communities, and a variety of leadership topics. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University in the Educational Leadership Program since 2011.
Director of Public Relations
Veronica Sanchez, a strong leader in the Public Relations department specializing in communications 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.
Linda Parker is an Executive Assistant for Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor. She has been with the district since 1987 and has served the district and the community in several positions over the years.
Christine Santos has been in the Cartwright School District, since February 2006. She is currently one of two Executive Assistants to the Superintendent and Governing Board. Christine is passionate about serving the community of the Cartwright School District and loves working in education to assist students and their families.