assistant A Note From The Assistant Principal, Ms. O'Boyle

Dear DSMS Families,

I am thrilled to be returning to Desert Shadows for this 2018-2019 school year as your Assistant Principal. Mr. Hummert and I have worked diligently to find new ways to support the collaborative culture and unique opportunities at DSMS, which promote student growth in a variety of ways. At DSMS you can come to expect your student to be engaged and challenged collaboratively in all of his or her classes. It is this expectation the motivates me to support this amazing staff in their creative talents and drive to inspire students to learn and create. 

My passion for public education in Arizona runs deep because I was a product of this school system and feel honored to give back to the school that gave me my start. I grew up in Scottsdale and attended Saguaro High School, then ASU for my bachelor's degree. I completed my M. Ed. through Northern Arizona University while I was teaching in 2011-12. Now I live with my family in North Phoenix where my five-year-old step-son seems to be growing up way too fast.

Through careful planning and consideration of all students' unique circumstances, I am confident we will prepare our amazing students for life's next opportunities. Education is an ongoing process where each level of schooling plays a vital role in academic and character education. At Desert Shadows, we strive for excellence in both of these areas and will continue to work on creative ways to meet our students' needs. Parents and community members are welcomed and encouraged to collaborate with our learning community to benefit student growth.


Katie O'Boyle
Assistant Principal
Desert Shadows Middle School

Contact Information

Phone: (602) 449-6800