July 2018: Tribute to Patrick Sweeney, Superintendent NVUSD

Happy trails, Patrick

Peg Maddocks, Ph.D, Executive Director
Published on July 11, 2018

This month we would like to pay tribute to Patrick Sweeney, Napa Valley Unified School District’s outgoing superintendent.

A remarkable legacy

Under Patrick’s leadership, NVUSD has made significant strides. He built partnerships that helped NVUSD weather the Great Recession and come out stronger. NapaLearns was one of those partners and we worked together with him on a number of different initiatives.

Through his partnership with NapaLearns, Patrick leaves behind a strong legacy:

• Investment in teacher professional development, technology infrastructure, and putting technology in the hands of students to instill more joy in learning.

• Expansion of project-based learning (PBL) from Napa New Tech High to 12 additional schools in the district. PBL allows teachers to bring real-world skills into engaging projects.

• The vision and programs that prepare students for college and careers with equitable access and opportunities for all. More students are graduating from high school and are prepared for college, growing from 75% in 2010 to 92% in 2017.

As a result, big gains have been made in NVUSD: In 2006, 23% of students qualified for CSU and UCs; now more than half (51%) qualify.

Watch this video to see Patrick reflect on education in Napa and his future plans. The full interview is available here.

The NapaLearns board and staff wish Patrick all the best and we look forward to continuing the work that’s been started with the new superintendent, Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, this fall.

Happy trails, Patrick.

Happy Trails, Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney has led @Napa Valley Unified School District for the past 8 years and we are so proud to have worked with him to transform education at NVUSD. We wish him the best as he heads into a well-deserved retirement and a new life chapter. Check out this video as Patrick reflects on his time as superintendent and his plans for what's next. Happy Trails, Patrick Sweeney!

Posted by NapaLearns on Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Watch the video

Read the full interview

Dr. Patrick Sweeney retired after serving as Superintendent of Napa Valley Unified School District since 2010. This interview was conducted in June 2018.