Desert Shadows Elementary School Principal's Page

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Mr. Chad Caudle

Education: Bachelor's degree in Health Science from the University of Wyoming and a master's degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix

Experience: 21 years in education – 6 years as a teacher and 15 as an administrator in elementary and middle school

Awards: 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal

Principal of Desert Shadows Elementary: 2015-present

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 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."