My name is Risha VanderWey and I am the new superintendent of Mayer Unified School District. I recently moved to the area and am looking forward to getting to know the students, staff, families and local community members. I have been a superintendent for the past 9 years in Arizona and Colorado. I was a principal and teacher for over 10 years. I look forward to bringing my skills and expertise in education to Mayer Unified School District.
As the district prepares to open its doors Aug 15, 2022, I dedicate my time and energy to make sure all students thrive academically, socially and emotionally. In order to accomplish this, I am creating a culture that students PreK-12 are supported and cared for by nurturing and well-educated staff.
As superintendent, my vision is to ensure every student experiences:
high quality instructional time and an intellectually robust curriculum;
ample opportunities to develop their self-identity;
clean and welcoming school environment;
exceeding standards and completion of college prep and rigorous courses.
I have an open door policy. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come to my office to talk about it.
Computer Labs - Interactive Smart Boards in All Classrooms
Active PTO Parent Group & Parent Volunteers Encouraged
APTT - Academic Parent Teacher Teams
Mayer High School
Small Environment (Individual Customer Service - Educational Planning)
Full AdvancEd Accreditation
Alternative Education Program
Credit Recovery Programs
Member of CTED Mountain Institute Career Technical District (Welding, Business, Auto-Mechanics, Agriculture, Fire Science, Pre-Engineering, Certified Nursing Assistant, Aviation, Medical Professions, and Line Worker)
Partnering with Yavapai College (Dual Credit/Virtual Lab)
Offering Nine Varsity Sports (No Pay To Play and No Cut Policy for Participants)
Comprehensive Tutoring Program: Math, Language Arts (Transportation Services Available)
FFA & Agriculture Program
Exceptional Student Services - Special Education, ELL, Gifted
Comprehensive Child Study Programs
Monthly Child Find Screenings
Air Conditioned Buses
Free Fingerprinting for Volunteers
Now Registering All Students for 2022-2023
Elementary and High School Open Enrollment Opportunities
Average Teacher Salary Notice
(A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10)
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2023 (budget year): $46,379
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2022 (prior year): $46,042
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: $337
Percentage increase: 1%
Comments on average salary calculation (Optional): Calculation does not include 301 pay ($3000 per year from Classroom Site Funds) or 301 performance pay (possible $3250 per year for meeting all requirements). It also does not include extra duty stipends.