Message from the Superintendent
Dear members of the Deer Valley Family,
I started my career in 1980 as an elementary school teacher in Austin Texas, never dreaming that some 37 years later, I would be retiring as the Superintendent of one of the most extraordinary school districts in Arizona.
I have served as the proud Superintendent of the Deer Valley Unified School District for five years, and for each of those years, I have encouraged, cajoled, demanded that we commit to grow, accept change and continue to improve. I expect those things from the people I work with and for. I expect those things from myself. They are more than words to me. They are a call to action. This is the time in my personal life to walk that walk.
I want to publicly thank so many special people that made and make a difference to me each day over the past five years. I’ll start with the tens of thousands of students and parents who choose the DVUSD and the 3,000+ employees who call DVUSD “home” and do noble work each and every day to improve the life of a child. To our Teachers, Aides, Principals, Custodians and all the marvelous staff that make this district such a special place: thank you for all of the work you do!
To our Senior Leaders, my Executive Cabinet: I started five years ago with a goal to work alongside the best of the best. While I have not accomplished all of my goals, I accomplished that one. You are an amazing group of dedicated leaders and I am deeply indebted to each of you. You taught me a great deal more than you know!
And to the Governing Board, past and present: I want to thank a team of 5 who, in 2012, stepped outside of Arizona and into Texas to allow me this opportunity to serve. To each member who has served or who is serving, thank you for your commitment to this community, in spite of all the odds. I encourage you to continue to work to improve our district and public education in our State.
They say it takes a village, and in Deer Valley we have just that. Great people doing great things every day for our kids. I will miss being a part of this village, but know that great things will here in Deer Valley.
Dr. James R. Veitenheimer Bio
Work History: Dr. Veitenheimer is the current Superintendent of the Deer Valley Unified School District, joining the District in July, 2012. Prior to joining Deer Valley, Dr. Veitenheimer served as the Superintendent in the Keller Independent School District from 2004 to 2012, Canyon Independent School District from 1999-04, and Area Superintendent in Austin Independent School District from 1996-99.
Education: Dr. Veitenheimer received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and both a master’s and doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Achievements: Dr. Veitenheimer led the implementation of Malcolm Baldrige Continuous Improvement processes across all organizational functions in the Keller Independent School District. He was named State Technology Superintendent of the Year in 2010 and was instrumental in leading the district as one of 23 Texas school districts recognized for two years with a 5-Star rating from the state Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study of Texas, as one of Texas’ most efficient and effective school districts (top 2%).
Family: Dr. Veitenheimer is married to his wonderful wife, Denise, and has one grown daughter, Allison.