Superintendent Debbi Burdick retiring after sixteen years of service to CCUSD community


Cait Bunkers, Spotlight editor

Dr. Debbi Burdick, CCUSD Superintendent, will be retiring on December 31st, 2020 after working in CCUSD since 2004. 

Throughout her years in education, Dr. Burdick has been a teacher, principal, educational consultant, adjunct professor, and superintendent.

Burdick holds her Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University, two Masters Degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and a Doctorate from Arizona State University. 

She entered CCUSD as the Associate Superintendent, and has held the position of Superintendent since 2008. During her time in the district, all the schools accomplished A+ status and ranked in the top ten districts in Arizona. Additionally, the world language program expanded, giving all students the opportunity to learn a second language.

Burdick founded the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, which provides yearly grants to CCUSD educators. She also created the Superintendent’s Challenge, which encourages students as young as fifth grade to volunteer in the community. 

She has achieved many honors throughout her time in the district. In 2013 she was voted the Arizona School Association’s Superintendent of the Year. She was also honored as the Paradise Valley Community College Outstanding Community Leader for 2016. In 2017, she was the Arizona Superintendent of the Year for the National Superintendent Program. 

Additionally, she has served as a member of many organizations including the Desert Foothills YMCA Advisory Board, the Arizona Musicfest Board, and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

The staff of the CS Press would like to thank Dr. Burdick for her support of the newspaper over the years.