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We are honored that you’ve chosen the Zuni Public School District (ZPSD), where we strive  to ensure every student a safe, high-quality and engaging education.  With great pleasure we welcome both our returning families, and those new to our system to another very exciting school year!

Whether this is your child’s first year in our school district or last before graduation, I am confident that this year will bring the promise of infinite possibilities and a myriad of opportunities to explore innovative ideas and pursue passions. Each of our students brings a special talent, gift or skill to our school district; and I hope that each finds inspiration in the classroom and through co-curricular/extra-curricular programs to reach their goals and dreams. I want to remind all of our students that nothing will ever be gained from sitting back. Therefore, I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities provided.  Students- if you fall, we will catch and support you; and your sincere efforts will not be viewed as failures, but as incremental steps toward success. 

Our district is strongly committed to providing excellence in learning to all students. At the center of everything we do will be our ongoing focus on student success. We work together to identify and eliminate barriers to student success so that we can ensure excellent, equitable outcomes for every child in our district.   We also strive to provide a safe, secure and positive learning environment for our students and model responsible behavior in all that we do. This year we will continue to highlight both academic and social and emotional learning.  While improving student achievement is our ongoing focus, we recognize that it is essential to balance the social and emotional needs of our students as well.  

Our promise is to work collaboratively with families, parents, guardians and school personnel to address concerning issues and provide for positive outcomes.  Our parents and guardians are key to fostering appropriate conduct by your children at school and help to create and promote a positive, supportive, safe and welcoming school community that advances the love of learning. 

As we begin another school year, I challenge all of us to find something to celebrate each and every day. Be the voice of kindness and positivity. Don’t join in with the disapproving echoes.  Make the most of this school year. Take charge of your happiness, surround yourself with wisdom and move ahead with determination. It is going to be a great year.  As we begin again, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful 2022-2023 school year.

Randy Stickney


Mrs. Stickney began her employment with the Zuni Public School District in July 2014 as the Director of Instructional Support Services. She served as the Acting Superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. Then beginning July 1, 2021, she officially took over as Superintendent for Zuni Schools.

Prior to coming to ZPSD, she served as Superintendent for Hammon Public Schools in Oklahoma for 12 years. In addition, her responsibilities included Federal Programs; Special Education; grant writing and oversight; and Child Nutrition.

During her tenure at Hammon, the district successfully secured low interest bond monies to renovate the Elementary School; passed it's first-ever bond issue to construct a district-wide cafeteria and monolithic dome gymnasium which also serves as the community-wide storm shelter; installed security cameras on busses and security systems at building entrances; started a Boys and Girls Club; and received the 21st Century and Carol White PE grants.

Mrs. Stickney was honored by her peers as the Oklahoma Association of School Administrator's (OASA) District 13 Administrator of the Year and was active in community projects such as serving as president of the local public library board and as president of a civic organization responsible for providing scholarships to students.

Before going to Hammon Schools, Mrs. Stickney served as Superintendent for Ninnekah Public Schools in Oklahoma for 8 years. Other responsibilities included Federal Programs; Special Education; Child Nutrition; Transportation; grant writing and oversight; and Library Media. During her tenure at Ninnekah, the district successfully passed a bond issue to renovate the Elementary School and partial renovation of the gymnasium and received the Oklahoma State Department of Education Small School Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) award for accuracy and timeliness in financial reporting.

Ms. Stickney also was honored by her peers as the first female superintendent in Grady County. During her twenty years as superintendent in Oklahoma, she was active in Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), OASA and Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS). She served on the Superintendent's Advisory Councils for both the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of CareerTech.

Mrs. Stickney began her educational career in Comanche Public Schools where she served in a variety of positions including High School Counselor, Library Media Specialist, Gifted/Talented Teacher, Academic Team Coach, Yearbook Advisor, Creative Writing Teacher and French Teacher.

Mrs. Stickney obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Education in Speech Communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. She was honored as top graduate with a 4.00 grade point average. She was on the college debate team and co-recipient of the Linscheid Award for Outstanding Public Speaker. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She was co-recipient of the honor of top graduate with a 4.00 grade point average.

In addition, Mrs. Stickney completed principal's certification from East Central. She received her superintendent's certification and additional post-graduate work with an emphasis in School Law from the University of Oklahoma (OU) and University of Oklahoma Law School in Norman. While at OU, she served as editor of the publication for the National Organization for Legal Proceedings in Education (NOLPE) and as research associate for the Department of Educational Leadership.

She firmly ascribes to Stephen Covey's tenet that we should not be products of our circumstances, but rather we should be products of our decisions. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, Elementary Counselor for ZPSD. They have been married for over 40 years.


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10 Sandy Springs Road
PO Drawer A
Zuni, NM 87327

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