This year will be Principal Sheri Duggan’s fourth year at Desert Trails and sixth year as a school administrator. She grew up in Arizona and graduated from Shadow Mountain High School here in PVUSD before attending Northern Arizona University to earn bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and then a master’s degree in School Leadership. She brings with her many different classroom experiences both in Arizona and for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools overseas and has taught in PreK, K, 1, 2, 4, 5 grades as well as Reading Specialist and Gifted Specialist (Honors) positions.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I have an impact on our students, teachers, families, and community. I get to make a difference and surround myself with others who want to and get to make a difference as well.
What do you believe is the key to improving student achievement?
The key to improving student achievement is to ensure that I have the very best staff that is well trained and can continue to learn cutting edge strategies for student success. In addition to the knowledge, it is important that I have strong teams of teachers who can work together to bring out the best in their students and each other while focusing on what is best for students.
What are you proudest of in your career?
I love that I have worked in so many different classroom positions with all different types of learners. I have taught pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, Reading, and Honors(Gifted). I took every opportunity that came my way as a learning experience, knowing that it would prepare me for my position as a principal one day.
Who inspired you to become an educator?
Coming from a large extended family of educators, inspiration has been all around me, but, if I had to pick one person who has inspired me the most it would definitely be my Uncle Frank. He is both a professional inspiration and a personal inspiration. When I was in elementary school, he was a principal. He worked his way through up through district office positions to become a Superintendent through my elementary and middle years. Not only is he a brilliant leader but he is one of the most kind and compassionate people that I have ever met. He has a true care and concern for people, helping them help themselves find success. I remember his kind and subtle words of wisdom and I know just how to handle many situations because Uncle Frank has shared a story or piece of advice at some time throughout the years.