​For Gila County Superintendent

  • Honesty and Integrity are paramount.
  • Family comes first.
  • Education is the great equalizer.
  • Talent is often confused with hard work and commitment.
  • Working as a team, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - Synergy.
  • All students deserve support and encouragement necessary to succeed.

Southwest School Turnarounds


"An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. 

Thomas Jefferson

Roy speaking at the U.S. Department of Education. Photo by Leslie Williams. 

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Roy Sandoval is a long time resident of Payson, Arizona who has recently retired from public education after 28 years of service.  In September 2016, he accepted the position of Gila County School Superintendent after being elected in the August primary for the 2016 - 2020 term.  With a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Arizona University, as well as a National Turnaround Specialist Certificate from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, he brings an informed and passionate perspective to his educational activities. 

In his 28 years as an educator, Mr. Sandoval has worked in and near Gila County as a high school and elementary school principal, district curriculum director, high school biology teacher and coach. In 2012, he received national recognition from the Department of Education as a turnaround principal for his success at Alchesay High School in the Whiteriver Unified School District..  His commitment to administrators tackling persistently low achieving schools led to the creation of his business, Southwest School Turnarounds, which advises principals and districts across New Mexico, the greater Phoenix area, and northern Arizona.  His commitment to students and educators is reflected in his energetic, attentive, and solutions-oriented approach to life and a supreme desire to connect with kids and educators in a manner that wins their trust.  

"I wish I had never seen that squirrel."

Abraham Lincoln

About Roy Sandoval 

"Never give up! Never give up!! Never, never, never-never-never-never!'"

Winston Churchill

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Teddy Roosevelt

Founded in 2014, Southwest School Turnarounds is an education consulting service of long-time educators Roy Sandoval and Dr. Ron Rickel that provides mentoring to dozens of principals in Arizona and New Mexico.

Learn more about their services here.  

My Values 

  • Bachelor of ScienCe (Biology), Northern Arizona University, 1985