Welcome to North Canyon High School, home of the Rattlers! At North Canyon our teachers create a challenging and rewarding learning environment for all students. Our teachers, support staff and administration are dedicated to student success and growth. This is evident each and every day in classrooms and in the casual interactions between students and staff in the hallways and at school events.

We are a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) school. Our "Rattler Pride" expectations, developed by students, are: be respectful, be accountable, be responsible and take initiative. Our mission is "to empower students to care, learn, and succeed, ensuring college and career readiness;" and we work extremely hard to focus on each part of the mission. North Canyon is a welcoming school.

Besides our signature (IB, AVID, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services) and academic programs, we have wonderful fine arts and career/technical education electives so that students have the opportunity to pursue their interests. Participation in sports and clubs offers other opportunities to make high school memorable.

Come join the North Canyon family!

Get to Know Principal Melissa Molzhon

Dear North Canyon Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I serve as your principal at North Canyon High School. I love being a part of the Rattler Family! I enjoy working with our incredible staff and getting to know our exceptional students that make North Canyon such an exciting and challenging learning environment. 

Originally from Iowa, I moved to Arizona in 1986. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Arizona State University, and I completed my Masters in Administration at Northern Arizona University. 

The Paradise Valley School District has been my professional home since 2003, when I began my teaching career. Before North Canyon High School, I had the honor of serving the Boulder Creek Elementary Community as their principal. I feel fortunate to be working in a district known for making such a difference in our students, lives. 

On a personal note, my love and knowledge of the PVUSD community extends beyond being an educator. I have three children in their twenties who attended Cactus View Elementary, Vista Verde Middle School and graduated from North Canyon High School. My husband and I also reside in the community and have for 29 years. 

I am eager to work with you to continue the many incredible programs and the education excellence that North Canyon is known for. I believe that communication, collaboration, and inclusivity are the essential components in building a positive environment where students gain the necessary experiences to become college and career ready amd, ultimately, a well-rounded, productive citizen. I consider it an honor and privilege to be working with such an outstanding group of students, staff, and stakeholders. 

I look forward to getting to know you and working with you! Go Rattlers!

Melissa L. Molzhon

Assistant Principals

Melissa Molzhon is supported by a team of assistant Principals and Deans. 

Matthew Lersch

Matthew Lersch is in his first year as Assistant Principal at North Canyon High School and 15th year in education. Previously, he worked in the Phoenix Union High School District; first as a Special Education Facilitator, and then as the Academy Principal of Science and Technology at South Mountain High School. Matt entered education through Teach for America in 2006 and began as a Special Education Teacher at Tolleson Union High School. A local of Phoenix, Matt graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and studied Political Science and History at the University of Arizona. He has two advanced degrees from Arizona State University in Special Education and Educational Leadership.

Matt Believes educational leaders must work to end educational inequity through quality teaching and have an unwavering commitment to students and families. Matt brings his belief ALL students can be successful to North Canyon High School, describing our students as the most compassionate, focused, and ambitious students in North Phoenix. Their drive deepens his commitment to providing welcoming, safe, and rigorous learning environments which prepare ALL students for their Journey of Excellence.  

Matt is part of the PVUSD community and has two young children (4 and 2). He is excited for his children to begin their educational journey in PV and came to the district to live, work, and have children learn in PVUSD. 

Contact Mr. Lersch:

Administrative Assistant Jeanne Freed: 602-449-5032

E-mail: mlersch@pvschools.net

Jacob Kluch

Jacob Kluch is in his third year as Assistant Principal and fourth year as Athletic Director at North Canyon High School. Jake has been part of the PVUSD family since starting teaching English in the district 10 years ago. He now has a daughter at North Canyon and excited to continue the growth of NC.


Learn more about our teachers and staff members on our NCHS Administration Directory.