District Leadership

John Ciesla


Mr. Ciesla joined the administrative team at Greenwood as an assistant superintendent in 2006-2007 and assumed the role of superintendent in July of 2013. Mr. Ciesla received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Science for Secondary Education, Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, and Educational Specialist's Degree from Arkansas Tech University. Before coming to Greenwood, Mr. Ciesla taught and coached for seven years at Hector High School, was the high school principal at Lavaca for two years, and served from 2004-2006 as the Superintendent of Schools at Lavaca.

Mr. Ciesla is married to Angel (Butler) Ciesla, a graduate of Greenwood High School, and they have four children. Mr. Ciesla states, "I cannot think of a better place to work and raise a family than Greenwood, Arkansas."

Mr. Ciesla's responsibilities include: implementing policies of the Board, developing short and long-term goals for the district, acting as a liaison between the Board and school personnel, and developing and administering the district’s budget. Mr. Ciesla is also involved in the following organizations: Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Arkansas Association of School Administrators, Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Association of School Business Officials, Arkansas Association of Personnel Administrators, and the Arkansas Association of Curriculum and Instruction Administrators.

Please contact Mr. Ciesla if he can be of any assistance to you in the above areas.

Suzy Wilson

Suzanne Wilson

Mrs. Wilson is in her 26th year serving Greenwood Public Schools. As an educator in the Greenwood School District, she has taught kindergarten, first grade, and PreK. In addition to her teaching experience, Mrs. Wilson has been an administrator at the ABC program, Westwood Elementary, and currently as Assistant Superintendent. Her primary responsibilities cover grades PreK-6 in all areas and district-wide as Public Relations Director. Mrs. Wilson also supervises the District Parent Involvement Program, GSPIRE,  foster care, homeless, and military family relations.

Suzanne Burgess Wilson is a native of Greenwood where she graduated from Greenwood High School in 1981. She holds an Associate's Degree from Westark College, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas Tech University, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas, and an Educational Specialist's Degree from Arkansas State University.

Mrs. Wilson is married to Don Wilson and they have two children and one son-in law, Tyler Wilson, Allie and Adam Deacon.

Kevin Hesslen

Kevin Hesslen

Mr. Hesslen has been employed as an educator for 30 years, and 26 of those years have been in Greenwood Schools. Mr. Hesslen began his career as a basketball coach and science teacher. He later became an Assistant Principal and Principal for Greenwood Jr. High and is most recently employed as Assistant Superintendent. Mr. Hesslen's key responsibilities include director over 7-12 education, supervising facilities, transportation, and food service operations.

Mr. Hesslen was a 1984 graduate of Greenwood High School. He attended Westark College where he played basketball, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas.

Kevin and his wife Christy have three children. Hope and Hannah graduated from Greenwood and received Bachelor's degrees from Pepperdine University. Their son Hunter graduated in 2020 from Greenwood and is attending Pepperdine University.