December 2019 - Pat Sandos

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

December 2019

Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight.  Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind!

This month we are featuring Pat Sando, Superintendent of Schools, Sheridan School District No. 2.

Career Highlights & Education

As you can see below, after getting my college degrees, including my Masters in Educational Administration, I have had the opportunity to be a school leader in a number of roles, schools, and school districts. Currently, I’m the Superintendent of Schools in the Sheridan School District No.2


  • METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE-Denver, Colorado. B.A., Education-1989
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-Denver, Colorado .M.A.-Educational Administration-1993


  • Superintendent of Schools, Sheridan School District No. 2, 2018 - Present
  • Executive Director School Services and Student Emotional and Behavioral Supports, Sheridan Public Schools,  2016-2018 
  • Principal, Ken Caryl Middle School, Jefferson County School District, 2007-2016
  • Principal, Colorow Elementary School, Jefferson County School District   2006-2007
  • Principal, Skinner Middle School, Denber Public Schools,   2000-2006
  • Administrator, Pay for Performance Design Team , Denver Public Schools,  2000
  • Principal, Cowell Elementary School, Denver Public Schools,  1996-2000
  • Assistant Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver Public Schools,  1994-1996

What is exciting about my job?
I love the privilege of serving the students in our community. I believe it is a sacred and vital responsibility. We have to ensure that ALL of our students are able to matriculate with full and robust options for their chosen career path. It’s about choices and I want to be sure kids have that opportunity when they leave us. I work with an incredible group of educators and leaders who understand and live the motto “Kids First” and act on that daily. I love getting into classrooms and watching teachers and kids develop a thoughtful and challenging atmosphere where academic and social growth is possible and is occurring. This style of servant leadership and the mindset is critical for our “family” of educators to be successful with our community. Sheridan is a special place that has a rich and diverse history dating back to our days as a military base.

Words from a consejero/a.  
My best advice comes from my father Sam Sandos, the first Hispanic City Councilman in Denver. He was an incredible role model and driven to ensure equity and opportunity in his district, which was underserved in the city. He led in such a way that others wanted to follow and work together to effect change in their community. He used to say “Lead and others will follow” but in Latin. It took me many years to realize he was speaking of servant leadership and not power and control leadership. Such a wise man!

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Lead and others will follow!  Learn the power in servant leadership.  Evaluate everything before reacting. The lens I prefer to use is “What’s Best for Kids?”

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I’m with my family or fishing or both!

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS adds value by creating a space where we as administrators of color can find a safe and supportive environment to grow and excel in. When we all work together to strengthen our numbers and expertise, we can effect mighty change in a system. I’ve learned a great deal from colleagues who went before me and made a path. People like Don Manzanares, Joe Sandoval, Irv Moskowitz, Bernadette Seick and others. I have a responsibility to share what I’ve learned as well so future CO-ALAS members will continue to grow and lead.

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.


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Denver, CO 80201