Principal Derek Hummert's welcome back letter
Desert Shadows Middle School Families,
Welcome to Desert Shadows Middle School. It is my awesome responsibility and pleasure to serve as your Principal. I am here to support you in pursuing opportunities and addressing any challenges you may experience at Desert Shadows Middle School.
A little about me, I’m originally from Belleville, Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis. I benefitted from a quality public school education, completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Iowa and a Masters of Education at the University of Illinois. I moved to Arizona in 2006. I’m married with two sons. My family likes to travel and be outdoors when possible.
I came to Desert Shadows Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year after 5 years at Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School. Prior to my time in PV Schools, I was the assistant principal at Mountainside Middle School and Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale Schools. I’m very happy to lead and support a vibrant middle school setting where anything is possible!
Successful schools flourish when parents and teachers work together to create an environment that is safe, healthy, and goal oriented. We’ll work at our school to create this setting for the benefit of students. Our students have two school years (360 school days) at the middle level to navigate through a more complex daily schedule, achieve in a more rigorous academic setting, and experience the social opportunities and challenges that come in a large, healthy middle school. Our efforts will be aimed at delivering a class of great thinkers to Horizon High School each year. We’re going to have a lot of fun along the way.
As your principal, I will work to improve our school and resolve challenges of all sorts. I aim to be visible and have an open door to our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with ideas, concerns or suggestions. I look forward to a great journey with you in the 2017-2018 school year.
Desert Shadows Middle School