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About Our District

SSD Executive Team

Ryan Maxwell

Heidi Hellner-Gomez
Assistant Superintendent

Jeff Loe
Executive Director of Finance

Kris Diddens
Executive Director of Human Resources

Angel Carrizales
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning


About Sunnyside School District

Established in 1895, the Sunnyside School District offers Pre-K-12 education to students residing in Sunnyside and Outlook. We emphasize the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child and strive to instill high standards of academic integrity and leadership in our students. Through our programs, students are given the technology, resources, and knowledge to be effective members of our school community and a global society.

Each of our eight campuses boast modern facilities and grounds, state-of-the-art, student-friendly technology, and a great faculty of ambitious teachers and support staff ready to give our students the best opportunities to succeed.

Sunnyside School District, where our students will be Career, College, and Life Ready!

Our Vision

All students will be successful.
Career, College, and Life Ready

District Mission 
In order to ensure success for all students, our focus is:
Effective Leadership
Quality Teaching and Learning
Continuous Improvement
Clear and Collaborative Relationships

Belief Statements
We believe all students can learn. 
We believe students can meet learning standards, earn their diplomas, and be prepared for life after high school.
We believe students have the right to learn in a safe, positive learning environment.
We believe it is the responsibility of families, staff and the members of our community to ensure the development of our youth. 
We believe in high standards and expectations for both students and staff. 
We believe essential to student achievement is effective classroom instruction and the professional development of a highly qualified staff. 
We believe decisions are based upon analysis of data and focused on student achievement.


Goal 1: Increase student achievement through quality teaching and learning.

Goal 2: Develop effective leadership focused on student learning.

Goal 3: Support system-wide improvement.

Goal 4: Strengthen clear and collaborative relationships.