• Welcome to the Chandler USD
    Melinda Romero
    Instructional Resource Center (IRC)

    “What’s learned here, leaves here!”

    500 W. Galveston St, Chandler, AZ 85225
    (480) 224-3700

    Our Goals

    • To provide excellent customer service
    • To increase the number of CUSD employees utilizing the IRC

    The IRC provides expert staff, instructional resources, and support to assist teachers and enhance student learning. The IRC has 4 classrooms and a large conference room to offer professional development opportunities.

    Resources available at the IRC include:

    • professional resource library
    • textbooks
    • science kits
    • math manipulatives
    • literature sets
    • laminator and other office equipment

    Instructional coaches are also available to provide training and support to educators in all grade levels and content areas.

  • Ken James
    Executive Director of Administrative Services
    Phone: (480) 224-3772 | Email

    Ken James has been in education since 1981. Ken taught junior high math and science for 13 years. Ken has been in administration for 26 years, including 18 years as a high school principal. This is his second year as the Executive Director at the IRC.


    Dr. Jessica Edgar
    Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
    Phone: (480) 224-3716 | Email

    Jessica Edgar is a former middle school teacher and has served as a building principal for 12 years in the K-8 setting. Dr. Edgar received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Arizona State University, and her doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University. An Arizona native and a former Weinberg Wrangler, Dr. Edgar serves in the Chandler Unified School District as the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Preschool through 6th grade.


    Dr. Kymberly Marshall
    Director of Student Services
    Phone: (480) 224-3734 | Email

    Kymberly Marshall has both a bachelors and masters degree in Special Education and a doctorate degree in Educational Administration. The Student Services department provides support in the areas of IDEA eligibility and special education, section 504 eligibility and accommodations, gifted education (CATS) programs, and Health services. She has provided specialized instruction and consultation to a variety of students ages 3-21 since beginning her career in education in 1987.


    Tanya Smith
    Director of Safety and Security
    Phone: (480) 224-3718 | Email

    Tanya Smith has been with CUSD since July 2018. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology at the University of New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, she was hired at the Rio Rancho Police Department where she served the community as a law enforcement officer for 20 years, ultimately retiring as the Deputy Chief of Operations.


    Renee Sweeden
    Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
    Phone: (480) 224-3715 | Email

    Renee Sweeden began teaching in 1987, and has taught students Kindergarten through graduate school. She received her Bachelors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in English Education, a Masters degree in English from the University of North Texas, and a Masters in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. Renee has been with CUSD since 1994, teaching junior high ELA, high school AP English, as well as serving as an elementary media specialist, and as an instructional specialist. She was the district director for the AVID program, and was the program director at Chandler Early College High School prior to her current role as Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. She has one son and one grandson.


    Brenda Vargas
    Director of Counseling
    Phone: (480) 224-3708 | Email

    In education since 2001, Brenda Vargas holds a bachelor's in Special Education, a master's in Education Administration and Certificate of Advanced Graduate studies in School Counseling. Brenda has been a special education teacher, counselor, dean and athletic director, instructional specialist for secondary education, district AVID director and assistant principal. She oversees the counseling and social service supports for the district.


    Meaghan Davis
    Assistant Director of Student Services
    Phone: (480) 224-3700 | Email

    Meaghan Davis has a bachelors degree in secondary education and English, a masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis, and an administrative certificate from NAU's educational leadership program. She has worked with students K-12 as an academic coach, dean, behavior coach, and teacher. Meaghan supports our behavior cadre, Section 504 eligibility and accommodations, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).


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    Lindsay Duran
    Assistant Director of Career & Technical Education
    Phone: (480) 224-3755 | Email

    Lindsay Duran has a bachelors degree from Arizona State University in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Business and a masters from Grand Canyon University in Educational Leadership. She taught at both Junior High and High School levels; including computer applications, Marketing, and Education Professions. As well as serving as an educational technology specialist and CTE instructional specialist prior to her current role as Assistant Director of CTE. Lindsay supports our 20 CTE programs that are offered at our high schools and junior highs.


    Jamie McBride
    Assistant Director of Dual Language Immersion
    Phone: (480) 224-3704 | Email

    Jamie McBride serves students, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders in CUSD by supporting World Languages, Dual Language Immersion programs, and Early Childhood programs. She believes that All Children Are Capable of Success ... No Exceptions! Jamie holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education / Curriculum and Instruction with endorsements in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Reading, ESL, and Adult Education. Prior to her work at the Instructional Resource Center, she has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and academic coach. In addition, Jamie develops and facilitates professional development for certified and classified staff in CUSD.