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PVSchools Adds New Administrators, Principals for Upcoming School Year

Wednesday , July 22 , 2020

Paradise Valley Unified School District has named four new administrators and six new principals for the 2020-21 school year.

Those new administrators include Dr. Shaun Holmes as director of human resources; Dr. Patrice De La Ossa as coordinator of PVOnline; Brandon George as director of transportation; and Anthony Izzo III as assistant director of transportation.

New principals include Dr. Danielle Else at Fireside Elementary; Jennifer Penoyer at Liberty Elementary School; Patrick Clancy at Mountain Trail Middle School; Dr. Aaron Freed at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School; Jesse Kinney-Alcazar at Sandpiper Elementary School; and Teresa Simmons at Sunset Canyon Elementary School.

Dr. Holmes joins PVSchools from Mesa Public Schools where he served as the associate superintendent of human resources as well as the assistant superintendent of human resources. He also worked at Scottsdale Unified School District prior to MPS.

Dr. De La Ossa joins PVSchools from the J.O. Combs Unified School District where she served as the science and social studies specialist since 2019. She also served as an adjunct educator at Northwestern University since 2016 and as an educator at Seattle Public Schools from 2007-17. De La Ossa was an adjunct professor at Antioch University from 2006-15. She was also employed as a writer at ApexLearning, Inc.

Mr. George served as the assistant director of transportation during the previous school year. 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.

Mr. Izzo 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 Junction Unified School District.

New principals
Dr. Else joined PVSchools in 2017 as a teacher and most recently served as a teacher on assignment. She was previously employed at Scottsdale Unified School District as an enrichment coach from 2013-16. She has also been employed at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in California from 2001-06.

Ms. Penoyer is the interim principal of Liberty. She joined the PVSchools family in 2011 as a teacher and since 2017 has served as an administrative intern. Prior to PVSchools, Ms. Penoyer taught in Florida and Virginia.

Mr. Clancy is transferring to Mountain Trail Middle School. He previously served as director of human resources for the past four years. He joined the PVSchools in the 2000-01 school year and has held many roles including, principal, assistant principal, dean of students, and teacher.

Dr. Freed comes to PVSchools from Archuleta School District in Colorado where he served as assistant principal/athletic director since 2015. He was also employed at Roseville Area Schools Independent School District and Osseo Area Independent School District, both in Minnesota.

Ms. Kinney-Alcazar joined PVSchools in 2019 as an instructional coach. She was previously employed at Scottsdale Unified School District from 2010-17 where she served as a principal, assistant principal and director of state and federal grants.

Ms. Simmons was previously the principal at Fireside Elementary School. She joined the PVSchools family in 1996 as a teacher and also worked as a teacher on assignment prior to being named principal in 2009.


This article was published by the Scottsdale Independent Newspaper. Read the entire article.