Desert Shadows Middle School Families,
It is a great honor to be selected to lead Desert Shadows Middle School (DSMS) as principal beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. For the past five years, I’ve served as principal 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 return to middle school teaching and learning this year.
I’m originally from Belleville, Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis. I benefitted from a quality public school education, completing my bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa and a masters in education at the University of Illinois. I moved to Arizona in 2006. I’m married with two sons, David and Tristan. My family likes to travel and be outdoors when 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. Effective and open communication allows me to perform my role at a high level. 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 2016-2017 school year.
Desert Shadows Middle School