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Gilbert schools' new superintendent announced

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune
Christine Trujillo accepted the role of new superintendent for Gilbert Community School District, to start July 1, 2021.

A native Iowan who's been working for schools in Arizona has been selected as the next superintendent for the Gilbert Community School District.

Christine Trujillo still needs to be formally approved by the Gilbert School Board on March 8, but Trujillo was announced in a district news release this week as the successor to current superintendent Lindsey Beecher, who is retiring at the end of the school year. 

There were three finalists for the job, including Trujillo, who were all interviewed again on Wednesday and shown around the district and community. 

The school board and assisting Grundmeyer Leader Services Consultants interviewed six semifinalists in January, and the three finalists' interviewers included community members, parents, teachers, students, support staff, administrators; directors and the school board. 

The board unanimously selected Trujillo, after considering the feedback from interviewers and tour guides. 

Trujillo said in her verbal acceptance of the job, "It is such an honor to be selected to lead an amazing district that puts students first. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Gilbert community."

Her contract would start July 1, though her transition into Beecher's role would begin before that. 

Trujillo is currently the assistant superintendent of learning and leadership for Tempe Schools in Tempe, Arizona.

A graduate of the Lawton-Bronson Community School District and University of Northern Iowa, she has also served in Tempe as executive director of school leadership, and directed strategic partnerships, innovations, communications, curriculum, instruction and assessment there.

She has also been a principal, assistant principal, reading specialist and teacher. She currently oversees 22 schools, delivers monthly professional development, oversees budgets for federal Title 1 education funds, and coordinates the district's 1:1 initiative and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

Trujillo is "known as having an open door policy and being very visible and involved in the school and community." She has received the Tempe Diablos' Lifetime Achievement Award and the Tempe School District's Excellence in Education and District Outstanding Employee awards.

Gilbert's news release last week added that Trujillo and her husband, Darrell, have a son, Alexander, who is a 15-year-old high school freshman. 

In her free time, Trujillo enjoys spending time with family, watching movies and visiting with friends. 

Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. He can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com, by phone at (515) 657-2220 or on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.