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  • Mr. Chad Caudle is the principal at Desert Shadows Elementary School, located within Paradise Valley Unified School District. 

    Mr. Caudle earned his bachelor's degree in Health Science from the University of Wyoming and a master's in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

    He spent six years as a teacher before moving into administration, where he served three years as an assistant principal and 8 years as an elementary and middle school principal.

    In 2012, Mr. Caudle was one of ten principals in Arizona who won the “Rodel Exemplary Principal” award.

    On being inspired to lead

    "My inspiration to become a principal was the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many. I have the privilege to wake up each day knowing that my actions and decisions may somehow make a permanent imprint on a child's future. That is a great responsibility, and one that I do not take lightly."

    On setting high expectations

    "My personal actions are the most powerful way to convey high expectations. I do my best to model these expectations on a daily basis. I also believe in communicating a clear and consistent message, with the understanding that we all must be held accountable."

    A tip for parents

    "My tip would be to communicate and model that education is a priority in your household. Once this has been established, family decisions and activities will become much easier to agree upon. It will drive dinner-time conversations, place an importance on attendance and punctuality and will assist time-management decisions. ... You must also be a role model. Next time your child has 30 minutes of silent reading for homework, grab a book and join them."