Horizon High Principal
Ms. Ihnat has been a part of Paradise Valley since 1981. She attended Cholla Elementary, Shea Middle and was the first graduating class of Shadow Mountain. Linda received her BA from ASU in Elementary/Special Education. Her M.Ed. in Elementary Education and her Principal certification from Arizona State. She taught 5th and 6th grade at Aire Libre and Hidden Hills before moving to Horizon to teach Special Education and then as assistant principal. She became principal during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Ihnat has been at Horizon for over 25 years.
Mr. Charles O'Connor - I was born and raised in Springerville/Eagar, AZ and graduated from Round Valley High School. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University and I received my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I started my teaching career in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in 1998 at Echo Mountain Primary School. I have been a coach at Paradise Valley High School, Pinnacle High School, and the best of the best Horizon High School. My administrative career began as an Assistant Principal at Echo Mountain Intermediate, I came to Horizon as the Attendance Dean and now I am currently an Assistant Principal. I so am proud to be a Husky!
Ms. Shelley Strohfus - I have been part of the Paradise Valley School district most of my life. I attended North Ranch Elementary, Desert Shadows Middle School, and graduated from Horizon High School. I received my BS in Business Management from the University of South Carolina at Aiken and my M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Boise State University. I taught in Phoenix Union High School District and Boise (ID) School District prior to coming back to Horizon. I started at Horizon as the Attendance Dean and now Assistant Principal. I grew up in this neighborhood, love this community and this school. I'm proud to be part of Husky Nation!
As an alumnus of Desert Shadows and Horizon as well as a former classroom teacher at Horizon, it is great to be back in Husky Nation. After graduating from the University of Indianapolis with a BS in Sports Administration followed by a BA in Secondary Education with a Masters in Curriculum in Instruction from the University of Phoenix, I spent multiple years in both ESL based immersion classrooms and science classrooms in the Dysart Unified District. From there, I came to Horizon to teach in the science department for 4 years before heading to Fountain Hills Middle School in 2018-2019 as the Dean of Students. I have additional advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and in Biology (with publication in Down Syndrome and Perceived Exertion through exercise research). I am so happy to be “home” at Horizon because once a Husky, always a Husky.