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Category : Academics

New Administrator, Principal, Assistant Principal Assignments for the 2020-21 School Year

Monday , July 06 , 2020

For the 2020-21 school year, the PVSchools Governing Board has appointed several new district office administrators, as well as six new principal and three assistant principal assignments. PVSchools would like to introduce our new administrators, principals, and assistant principals.

New Administrators

Director of Human Resources – Certified 
Dr. Shaun Holmes was appointed as the director of Human Resources – Certified. He joins PVSchools from Mesa Public Schools where he served as the associate superintendent of Human Resources, 2019-present, as well as the assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Prior to Mesa Public Schools, Holmes was employed at Scottsdale Unified School District where he served as a director, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Coordinator of PVOnline
Dr. Patrice De La Ossa was appointed as the coordinator of PVOnline. She joins PVSchools from the J.O. Combs Unified School District where she served as the Science and Social Studies Specialist since 2019. Dr. De La Ossa has served as an adjunct educator at Northwestern University since 2016. She was an educator at Seattle Public Schools from 2007-2017. De La Ossa was an adjunct professor at Antioch University from 2006-2015. She was also employed as a writer at ApexLearning, Inc. from 2011-2012. De La Ossa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Antioch University, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Walden University.

Director of Transportation
Brandon George is the director of Transportation. For the 2019-20 school year, George served as the assistant director of Transportation. He joined the district in 2019 from Baltimore County Public Schools where he was the senior operations manager. He also worked for Giant Food, Updike Distribution Logistics, The Logistics Group, and On Time Express. George earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Science, Law - Policy & Crisis/Emergency Management from the University of Maryland. 

Assistant Director of Transportation
Anthony Izzo III was appointed as the assistant director of Transportation. He comes to the district from First Transit (Valley Metro) where he worked since 2015 and most recently served as the operations manager. He was also employed as a bus driver at Imagine Schools, Mesa Public Schools, and the Apache Junctionunified School District. Izzo earned an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of  Justice from Central Arizona College.

New Principals

Fireside Elementary School
Dr. Danielle Else was appointed as Fireside Elementary School’s principal. She joined PVSchools in 2017 as a teacher and most recently served as a teacher on assignment. Else was previously employed at Scottsdale Unified School District as an enrichment coach from 2013-2016. She has also been employed at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in California from 2001-2006. Dr. Else earned three degrees from the University of Southern California – a Bachelor of Science in Business, a Master of Arts in Education Studies, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Liberty Elementary School
Jennifer Penoyer is the interim principal of Liberty Elementary School. She joined the PVSchools family in 2011 as a teacher and since 2017 has served as an administrative intern. Prior to PVSchools, Penoyer taught in Florida and Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. 

Mountain Trail Middle School
Patrick Clancy is transferring to Mountain Trail Middle School where he will be the school’s new principal. He previously served as director of Human Resources - Certified for the past four years. He joined the PVSchools family for the 2000-01 school year and has held many roles including, principal, assistant principal, dean of students, and teacher. Clancy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Santa Clara University, a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School
Dr. Aaron Freed was appointed the principal at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School. He comes to PVSchools from Archuleta School District 50 where he served as assistant principal/athletic director since 2015. Freed was also employed at Roseville Area Schools Independent School District and Osseo Area Independent School District, both in Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a Master of Arts in Arts in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University.

Sandpiper Elementary School 
Jesse Kinney-Alcazar is the new principal at Sandpiper Elementary School. Kinney-Alcazar joined PVSchools in 2019 as an instructional coach. She was previously employed at Scottsdale Unified School District from 2010-2017 where she served as a principal, assistant principal, and director of state and federal grants. Kinney-Alcazar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rider University, and two Master in Arts degrees in English As A Second Language and Administrative Leadership from Arizona State University.

Sunset Canyon Elementary School 
Teresa Simmons was appointed as the interim principal at Sunset Canyon Elementary School. She was previously the principal at Fireside Elementary School. Simmons joined the PVSchools family in 1996 as a teacher and also worked as a teacher on assignment prior to being named principal in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Special Education from ASU, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from NAU, and completed a Principal Administrative Internship Program from the University of Phoenix. 

New Assistant Principals

Greenway Middle School 
Jorge Ontiveros is the new assistant principal at Greenway Middle School. He previously served as the assistant principal at North Canyon High School. Ontiveros has been employed with PVSchools since 2009 and held the following positions: dean of students, administrative intern, and teacher. Ontiveros earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Science of Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University.

North Canyon High School
Matthew Lersch was appointed as an assistant principal at North Canyon High School. He joins the district from Phoenix Union High School District where he served as the academy administrator since 2015 and as the Special Education facilitator from 2012-2015. Prior to working for Phoenix Union High School District, Lersch was employed at Tolleson Union High School District from 2006-2012. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and two Master of Arts degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.

Pinnacle High School
Kimberly Koda is the new assistant principal at Pinnacle High School. She joined the PVSchools family in 2011 as a teacher and most recently, she has served as dean of students. Koda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education Cross Categorical from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the Grand Canyon University.