Mary has more than a solid resume;
she has the commitment to our kids

Mary has the education, degrees and credentials needed to meet the job requirements of Butte County Superintendent of Schools. But more importantly, Mary Sakuma has the real world, feet on the ground experience—as well as the skills and temperament—to help our county schools thrive and deliver the best education for every student in our county.

Mary is known locally, regionally and statewide as an advocate for our students. She focuses on research-based programs that promise success for Butte County students and models collaborative, outcome-based leadership practices to support every school.

Her colleagues have recognized that commitment and leadership, appointing Mary Sakuma to serve for four years on the Board of Directors of the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). FCMAT is a state program which helps schools by providing fiscal advice, management help, training and other related school business services.

Teaching overview:

  • Elementary school
  • Middle school
  • High school
  • Adult learners (GED and coursework)
  • Adjunct Professor, Simpson University
  • Instructor, Shasta County’s Leadership Academy
  • Guest lecturer, educator preparations programs regionally

Administrative experience:

  • Principal, Jackson Heights Elementary
  • Principal, Antelope Elementary and Community Day Schools
  • Director of Categorical Programs (K-8), Antelope Elementary School
  • Superintendent/Principal, Junction Elementary School District
  • Superintendent, Durham Unified School District
  • Assistant Superintendent (Human Resources, Expanded Learning Program), BCOE
  • Deputy Superintendent (Administrative Services), BCOE


  • BA, Dramatic Art, UC Berkeley
  • Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching credential, CSU Chico
  • Professional Clear Administrative Services credential
  • MA, Education, Simpson College
  • Specialty Academies by the Association of California School Administrators: Principals, Personnel, Superintendents’, Curriculum & Instruction, School Business Managers’

Professional recognition:

  • Superintendent/Principal of the Year 2010, Association of California School Administrators
  • State Chair, 2009-2013, Small School District Committee, Association of California School Administrators
  • Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board Member, 2010-2014


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