Welcome to Shea Middle School. It is very important to us that you and your student’s middle school career are both safe and successful. We take great pride in designing programs to fit the needs of all students. If you are interested in a tour of our campus, please call the office for more information.
My name is Dan Knak. I am completing my 14th year as the principal of Shea Middle School. I grew up in the Midwest, born in Milwaukee and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I received my B.S. in Secondary Education, with an endorsement in physical education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1979.
I began my teaching career in Phoenix in 1979, working at South Mountain High School and West High School in the Phoenix Union High School District. In 1980, I moved to the Glendale Elementary School District where I spent 21 years as a teacher and administrator. In 2001, I was fortunate to become the principal of Shea Middle School.
During my 14-year tenure at Shea, we’ve developed programs to enhance the educational needs of all students. Students are able to participate in honor’s classes in all academic areas. Some students may become eligible to take Geometry and French at Shadow Mountain High School during their 8th grade year. We also have special needs programs in the areas of ED/SC, Autism/SC, CD/SC and LD Resource.
We are very excited to begin a new program beginning during the 2015-16 school year that encompasses Shea Middle School, Desert Cove Elementary School and Shadow Mountain High School. The North Valley Art Academy is a program designed for the student interested in the Fine Arts. During the first year, students were able to participate in Dance or Theater. This year Visual Arts will be added to the Fine Arts curriculum. Students will move into the SMHS Fine Arts program when they enter high school.