SAN TAN VALLEY — The J.O. Combs Unified School District has selected three new administrators for the upcoming school year, including one who taught in Casa Grande.
They are Bob Anderson, director of Support Services; Julie Cook, director of Business Services; and Shanna Shoffner, Combs Traditional Academy principal.
Anderson began his career in public education in 1981 when he joined the Kyrene Elementary School District as director of plant operations and supervised maintenance, custodial and grounds operations as well as bond and capital construction projects.
A decade later, he joined the Tempe Union High School District in the same role, where he also oversaw bond and capital construction projects ranging from $25,000 to $75 million. In 2016, he transitioned to a senior project manager role with McCarthy Building Company for three years and later joined Caliente Construction, where he oversaw the creation of a K-12 school division. Most recently, Anderson served as a project manager and construction superintendent with Willmeng Construction prior to joining the Combs team.
Before moving to Arizona in 2005, Cook served as an assistant vice president and trust officer of employee benefits at a financial institution in Louisiana. Shortly after her arrival in the state, Cook joined the public education sector and has spent the last six years working within various roles related to school finance.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of West Florida and is a proud military family member who loves watching the LSU Tigers play football.
Shoffner began her career in public education as an aide and special education paraprofessional. After completing a teaching degree, she had the opportunity to work on a grant project between Arizona State University and Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center to provide transition and educational services to at-risk youth. Upon completion of that project, she began teaching at Casa Grande Union High School as a special education teacher. During that time, she also began pursuing a master’s in educational leadership.
After leaving Casa Grande, she worked at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with youths within the school across five jails to provide special education services and assist with the transition back to their community. Most recently, she has worked for Legacy Traditional School as an assistant principal and principal.
“The breadth of talent and experience that Bob, Julie and Shanna bring to Combs will be instrumental in our continued commitment to move the district forward and provide the best learning experience for every child, every day,” said Superintendent Gregory Wyman.