Pinnacle High School Principal's Page
Dear Pioneer Community,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. It is difficult to express the excitement I am feeling as the new principal of Pinnacle High School. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to work alongside such a wonderful faculty, staff, students, and parents that make up the Pioneer community. Our School is most certainly a unique and special place - a true academic community made better by all those who have gone before us.
I would also like to provide you with some background about me. I am originally from Southern California and moved to Arizona two years ago. I am a proud graduate of the University of Utah, where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. I returned to Southern California to pursue my Master of Planning degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). In 2002, I decided to change careers and earned my teaching credential from Argosy University. In 2016, I completed my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Professionally, I worked as a High School Science teacher at Baldwin Park High School, Fullerton High School and Tustin High School. I taught Earth and Space Science and Oceanography as well as Student Leadership. I coached Football, Basketball and Track and was the Activities Director at Tustin High School. In 2007, I became the Assistant Principal Tustin High School (My Alma Mater, Go Tillers!). In 2012, I served as Principal of South Hills High School in West Covina, CA. In 2017, my family moved to Arizona and I became the Principal of Pat Tillman Middle School in the Balsz School District in Phoenix.
On a personal note, I have two children (ages 15 and 11) who attend schools in Mesa, AZ. I am also the guardian of a 24-year son who lives in California.
I am an avid snow skier, scuba diver and hiker. I am actively involved in youth sports and coach baseball, football and soccer. I also teach Tae Kwon Do and recently completed by 4th Dan Black Belt.
It is important to me that your son or daughter have a valuable educational experience at Pinnacle High School. I believe that communication, positivity and teamwork form the foundation of a successful school. I am excited and honored to serve the Pinnacle Community and look froward to a prosperous 2019-2020 school year.
Chad J. Smith, Ed.D