Shelly Richardson

I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Desert Trails community as your new Assistant Principal! I am excited about what this year will bring as we work together to ensure each student has the best learning experience possible!  

Assistant Principal RichardsonI am an Arizona native and received my Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Administrative Leadership at Northern Arizona University.  I have 18 years experience teaching all grade levels, Kindergarten - 6th grade, and taught at Fireside Elementary the last 5 years in 3rd/4th grade Gifted Self-Contained. I absolutely love working with children and my goal as a teacher has always been to create a fun and nurturing learning environment in which all students are challenged and have the confidence to always try their best! 

My husband and I live in Cave Creek and have two adventurous daughters that graduated from Pinnacle High School. Our oldest daughter, Morgan, is a Labor and Delivery nurse moving to Anchorage, Alaska and Gabby is at University of Washington working on her Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  I love traveling, hiking, beaches, reading, camping, and chocolate! We also have a crazy Great Pyrenees rescue dog named Chance and a new kitten, Gracie.

I believe that every child can be successful and it is important for everyone to work together to create a positive, safe and caring environment for students to learn best. I can already see that Desert Trails is an amazing school and I look forward to working with all of the students, teachers, staff and parent communities at Desert Trails! I can’t wait to meet everyone! I am so excited for the 2020-2021 school year!