Mr. Lawrence has been a dedicated member of both the education and the arts fields for over 20 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He has taught band/choir/drama from Kindergarten-12th grades. He currently serves on the board of a non-profit theater company and has acted and directed in productions with that organization throughout the years. He also keeps active in music composition, composing music for short films and commercials. As an administrator, Mr. Lawrence has over 7 years experience as a district grant manager, assistant principal, and now principal. He is passionate about giving students a well-rounded educational experience that propels them to success in high school and beyond.
I am joining Paradise Valley Unified School District after a big move for me and my family. I began my educational career after graduating from Metro State University of Denver in 2004 majoring in behavioral science and worked for 14 years in Jefferson County Public Schools located on the west side of the Denver Metro area. I worked at Wheat Ridge Middle School initially as a Social Studies teacher and eventually transitioned into a position as an AVID teacher for both 7th and 8th grade students. In December of 2012 I graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master’s Degree in Administration and Policy Studies. After getting my graduate degree, I accepted a position as an instructional coach at O’Connell Middle School and worked closely with staff to self reflect and plan effective teaching strategies. I was then offered a position as an assistant principal at Green Mountain High School in the fall of 2015 and served in that position for three years. I look forward to using my background and experience to join the collaborative teamwork at Shea Middle School.
Shea Middle School Council meets monthly to identify and enhance opportunities for students. Consistent use of the collaborative process between school and community is a priority for Shea stakeholders. We review campus safety and support school programs that ensure a positive and effective learning environment for all of our students.