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  • Dear Pinnacle Community,

    It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you as I am extremely excited about joining the Pinnacle team as your new principal for the 2016-17 school year. I look forward to spending time learning about the many dynamics that make Pinnacle such an outstanding place as well as what makes it one of the top High Schools in the country.

    I would also like to provide you with some background about me. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to Arizona at a very young age. The fact that I am a product of the Paradise Valley Unified School District is a great source of pride for me. My K-12 education took place in PVUSD, and I am honored to be working in a district known for making such a difference in the lives of our youth. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona and completed my Masters degree at ASU in Bilingual Education. In May of 2006, I completed my Administrative Certification at Northern Arizona University. Currently, I am finishing my first year of doctoral coursework at Northern Arizona University.

    Professionally, I worked in the Glendale Elementary School District until 2010 as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. The past six years, since 2010, I have served the Desert Cove Community as their principal, here in Paradise Valley Schools. In addition, I served as the Paradise Valley Principal Association President this year and was able to gain experiences about our district especially at the high school level.

    On a personal note, I have two children (ages 9 and 12) who attend Fireside Elementary. My wife and I reside in Peoria and spend much of our time attending piano lessons and competitive swim meets with our children. We love playing sports together, reading and enjoying many outdoor activities.

    I am eager to begin working with you in order to continue the excellence that Pinnacle is known for. I believe that collaboration, communication and teamwork are the essential keys in building a positive environment where students gain the necessary experiences they need to become successful college graduates and, ultimately, adults. I consider it an honor and privilege to begin working with such an outstanding group of students, staff and stakeholders. I look forward to getting to know you!


    Chad J. Lanese

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