Kathy Prather

Superintendent/CEO

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Kathy Prather became the Superintendent/CEO of Pima JTED on July 1, 2018, one year after being appointed as the district’s Deputy Superintendent. Her career in education spans 29 years and multiple locations throughout Arizona, including Rough Rock High School, Prescott College, Northwest Pioneer College, Mohave Community College, Mohave High School, Colorado River Union High School District, Tucson Unified School District, and Sunnyside Unified School District.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education, and multiple certifications from the Arizona Department of Education including Superintendent, Principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher.

Each year, thousands of students in the CTE programs she oversees receive nationally-recognized industry certifications, licenses and credentials as well as dual college credit from Pima Community College and/or concurrent tuition credit from the University of Arizona. The innovative programs she has developed over the years have captured the attention of local, national and international media including CNN Money in 2016, Korean News Network in 2015, Manufacturing News in 2016, Arizona Public Media-PBS in 2014, District Administrator Magazine in January 2017, Mrs. Green’s World on iHeart Radio and many local network news broadcast features.

The Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) recognized Kathy’s contributions to CTE with their 2011 Administrator of the Year Award, and again with the 2016 ACTEAZ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Kathy served on the Board of the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA) from 2008-2015 as well as the Executive Board of the Arizona Council of Occupational and Vocational Administrators (ACOVA) from 2006-2014.  Kathy currently serves as a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, United Way Cradle to Career Leadership Committee, Metropolitan Education Commission, Pima County Workforce Investment Board, Banner University Medicine Community Advisory Committee and Tucson’s Leading Women, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Tucson.

Kathy was instrumental in the formation of the Pima County Joint Technological Education District #11, which is now known as Pima JTED.  Prior to the JTED Proposition 400 item being listed on the ballot in 2006, she led community forums and made multiple presentations to business, industry and local school district governing boards.

Today, Kathy remains committed to forging mutually beneficial partnerships with business, community, and educational leaders to strengthen Pima JTED’s programs which provide local industry with the skilled workforce they need to thrive. She is actively transforming the culture at Pima JTED to the Growth Mindset to elevate students’ experiences, and employee job satisfaction. One of her top priorities is continuing to develop students’ professional skills so that they are ready to succeed in both college and careers.

Pima JTED continues to bring over $30 million dollars annually in supplemental funding for satellite and central CTE programs in Pima, Santa Cruz and Pinal Counties.

A native Tucsonan, Kathy lives with her husband Brad Prather, a retired teacher.  They have two grown children, and one granddaughter.

Staff Directory

  • Abel Vazquez

    Abel Vazquez

    Director of Information Technology
    520 209-1836 x7103 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Adriana Huerta

    Adriana Huerta

    SIS Data Coordinator
    520 352-5833 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Alex-Olmedo

    Alex Olmedo

    Associate
    520 372-8701 x3101 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Amanda-Sevinsky

    Amanda Sevinsky

    Culinary Arts Teaching Assistant
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Amanda Simeza

    Amanda Simeza

    Director of Student Services
    520 209-1838 x7405 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Angie Munoz

    Angie Muñoz

    Administrative Assistant
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Ann Marie Lee

    Ann Marie Lee, RN

    Nursing Services Instructor/Health Care Coordinator
    520 512-5296 x7307 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Ashley Lown NBCT

    Potoff Private Philanthropy Endowed Chair, Engagement & Placement Coordinator
    520 209-1730 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Audra Kelley

    Audra Kelly, CVT

    Veterinary Science Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Amphi Land Lab
  • Beth Francis Health Care Program Manager

    Beth Francis, RN, MS

    Health Care Professions Manager
    520 209-1724 x7208 JTED @ Master Pieces
    JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Betty Waddell

    Betty Waddell

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 209-1720 x7001 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Betzaida Heras

    Betzaida Heras

    Medical Assistant Instructor
    520 372-8736 Hablo Español JTED @ The Bridges
  • Bobbie Farrell

    Bobbie Farrell

    Engagement & Placement Assistant
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Brenna Simpson

    Brenna Simpson, CVT

    Veterinary Science Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Amphi Land Lab
  • Brian Danter

    Brian Danter

    Fire Services Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
    JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Brian King

    Brian King

    Culinary Arts Instructor
    520 579-4400 x4590 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Brice Menaugh

    Principal
    520 209-1573 x7132 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Carla Echavarri

    Carla Echavarri

    HCF/Comprehensive Health Care Technician Instructor
    520 372-8731 x3222 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Carla Lopez

    Carla Lopez

    Medical Assistant Instructor
    520 879-3922 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Carol Rudigier

    Carol Rudigier

    Registrar
    520 382-9207 x7117 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Catalina Castillo

    Catalina Castillo

    Network Technician
    520 209-1837 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Chris Treptow

    Chris Treptow

    Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Project SEARCH (Banner South)
    JTED @ Project SEARCH (UA)
  • Christina Suarez

    Executive Assistant
    520 209-1694 x7111 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Christine McAllister

    Christine McAllister

    Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Project SEARCH (Banner South)
    JTED @ Project SEARCH (UA)
  • Conny White

    Conny White PT, ScD

    Physical Therapy Technician Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Camino Seco
    JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Corinne Angello

    Corinne Angello

    Culinary Arts and Pastry Instructor
    520 579-4441 x4508 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Craig Mills

    Video Production Manager
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Curt Bertleson

    Curt Bertelsen

    Director of Professional Development
    520 209-1833 x7406 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Daryl Royce

    Daryl Royce

    HVAC Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ TRANE
  • David Fuller

    David Fuller

    3D Animation Game Design Instructor
    520 372-8729 JTED @ Master Pieces
    JTED @ The Bridges
  • Deborah Kresal

    Deborah Kresal

    Preschool Teacher
    520 579-4410 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Demi Vaughn

    Demi Vaughn

    Medical Assistant Instructor
    520 209-1991 x7507 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Desiree Wible

    Desiree Wible

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 209-2506 x7304 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Diego Gonzalez

    Facilities Technician/Custodian
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Dolores Salars

    Dolores Salars

    Project SEARCH Instructor
    520 784-8329 JTED @ Project SEARCH (Banner South)
    JTED @ Project SEARCH (UA)
  • Erin Recuparo

    Little Lions Instructional Assistant
    520 579-4410 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Frank Malgesini

    Frank Malgesini

    Network Specialist
    520 209-1745 x7213 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Frank Placencia Facilities

    Frank Placencia

    Facilities Operations Manager
    520 512-5266 x7123 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Gilbert Segura

    Associate
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Greg D'Anna

    Greg D’Anna

    Director of Public Relations
    520 209-2407 x7107 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Hasary Maldonado

    Hasary Maldonado

    Attendance Clerk
    520 209-2675 x7424 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Irma Anaya

    Irma Anaya

    Account Services Manager
    520 352-5833 x7122 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Isabel Duenas

    Isabel Dueñas

    Administrative Assistant
    520 512-5264 x7121 Hablo Español JTED @ Master Pieces
  • James Dell

    Construction Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Star
  • Jason Pototsky

    Jason Pototsky

    Information Technology Instructor
    520 372-8712 x3129 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Jennifer Al Zaidi

    Jennifer Al Zaidi

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 352-5833 x7509 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Jennifer Atteberry-Pierpont

    Jennifer Atteberry-Pierpont

    Principal
    520 209-2730 x7212 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Jim Luckow

    Workbased Learning Specialist
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Joanna Grijalva

    Joanna Grijalva, CVT

    Veterinary Science Program Manager
    520 209-1642 x7601 JTED @ Amphi Land Lab
  • Jose Navarro

    Jose Navarro

    Facilities Technician
    520 370-4692 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Josie Campbell

    Josie Campbell

    Administrative Assistant
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Joyce Wall

    Joyce Wall, RN

    Nursing Services Instructor/Health Care Coordinator
    520 372-8734 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Juan Rojas

    Juan Rojas

    Principal
    520 617-4464 x7219 Hablo Español JTED @ The Bridges
  • Kara Matthews

    Kara Matthews

    Registrar
    520 512-5261 x7118 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Kate Burnham

    Kate Burnham

    Pharmacy Technician Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Kathleen Asman Cosmetology Program Manager

    Kathleen Asman

    Cosmetology Program Manager
    520 209-1728 x7203 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Kathy Prather

    Superintendent/CEO
    520 209-2405 x7120 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Kayla Simms

    EMT Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Camino Seco
    JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Kelly Oursler, RN

    Kelly Oursler, RN

    Licensed Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator
    520 352-5833 x7227 or x7409 JTED @ Master Pieces
    JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Ken James

    Ken James

    Air Transportation/FAA Drone Operator Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Kimberly McCroy

    Kimberly McCroy

    Professional Development Specialist
    520 209-1990 x7410 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Lauren Moraga

    Lauren Moraga

    Instructional Coach
    520 579-4633 x4633 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • leticia renteria

    Leticia “Letty” Renteria

    Administrative Assistant
    520 372-8701 x3101 Hablo Español JTED @ The Bridges
  • Lisa Best

    Licensed Nursing Assistant Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Luke Smith

    Luke Smith

    Business Start-up/Entrepreneurship Instructor
    520 372-8700 x3232 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Marie Hendricks

    Marie Cruz

    Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Project SEARCH (Banner South)
    JTED @ Project SEARCH (UA)
  • Martha Martinez

    Martha Martinez

    Human Resources Manager
    520 352-5833 x7114 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Mary Andrade Admin Assistant

    Mary Andrade

    Administrative Assistant
    520 209-1830 x7113 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Michael Powell

    Michael Powell

    Culinary Arts Instructor
    520 372-8719 x3140 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Michele Shoemaker

    Michele Shoemaker

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 352-5833 x7205 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Michelle Barcanic

    Counselor
    520 512-5276 x7108 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Mike Srsen

    Mike Srsen

    Graphic Design Instructor
    520 696-8115 Hablo Español JTED @ Flowing Wells
  • Monica Burrows

    Monica Burrows

    Cosmetology Skills Trainer
    520 209-1722 x7002 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • nicole nissenbaum

    Nicole Nissenbaum

    Little Lions Preschool Instructional Assistant
    520 579-4410 JTED @ Mountain View
  • Patti Greenleaf

    Patti Greenleaf

    Chief Academic Officer
    520 209-1698 x7115 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Quinn Minor

    Quinn Minor

    Engineering Instructor
    520 372-8713 x3132 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Raquel Martin

    Raquel Martin, N.D.

    Comprehensive Health Care Technician Instructor
    520 372-8736 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Raynae Roberts Account Services

    Raynae Roberts

    Account Services Manager
    520 209-1724 x7201 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Reggie Brooks

    Reggie Brooks

    Automation/Robotics Instructor
    520 372-8716 x3134 JTED @ The Bridges
  • Robb Fountain Law Instructor

    Robb Fountain

    Law, Public Safety & Security Instructor
    520 209-1779 x7209 mp x7119 JTED @ Master Pieces
    JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Samantha Agundez

    Samantha Agundez

    Health Care Foundations Instructor
    (520) 276-5473 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • sandra quihuis

    Sandra Quihuis

    Payroll Manager
    520 352-5833 x7126 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Scott Sutherland

    Scott Sutherland

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 209-2504 x7425 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Scott Vinz Security Guard

    Scott Vinz

    Security Guard
    520 209-1724 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Seda Pias

    Content Editor
    520 352-5833 x7409 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Sorin Suciu

    Assistant Principal
    520 352-5833 x7207 JTED @ The Bridges
    JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Stacey Hackett

    Stacey Hackett

    Counselor
    520 770-8643 x7426 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Suzanne Youngquist

    Suzanne Youngquist

    Cosmetology Instructor
    520 352-5833 x7202 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Tanisha Tatum

    Tanisha Tatum

    Counselor
    520 209-1834 x7404 JTED @ Camino Seco
  • Terri Howard

    Terri Howard

    Grants and Data Specialist
    520 512-5263 x7303 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Thomas Bogart Data and Business

    Thomas Bogart

    Chief Financial Officer
    520 512-5277 x7501 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Tim Wood

    Tim Wood

    Heavy Equipment Operations Instructor
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Granite
  • Tina Grijalva

    Tina Grijalva

    Account Services Manager
    520 512-5154 x7124 JTED @ Master Pieces
  • Tyler Oberlin

    Tyler Oberlin

    Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Project SEARCH (Banner South)
    JTED @ Project SEARCH (UA)
  • Ed Rothlisberger Counselor

    William “Ed” Rothlisberger

    Counselor
    520 372-8703 x3111 Hablo Español JTED @ The Bridges
  • Xochitl Sierra

    Xochitl Sierra

    Principal
    520 352-5833 JTED @ Camino Seco