Terri Kellen, Prinicpal

Terri Kellen, Principal

Sonoran Sky Elementary School

Dear Sonoran Sky Families,

It is a privilege to introduce myself as the Interim Principal for the upcoming school year.  I know this change comes with mixed emotions and a heavy heart.  However, I know you will join me in congratulating Mr. Rob Dawson for being selected as Paradise Valley’s next Director of Human Resources-Certified. He has been beyond gracious in giving up his time and energy toward this transition.  With that said I want this transition to be as smooth as possible, and I want you to know that I take this interim position very seriously. I have both feet in the door until a new principal takes over next July.

I retired two years ago, after thirty years in education.  The last sixteen years I served in the Scottsdale Unified School District as both elementary and middle school principals.  Prior to that, I was a Special Education, First, and Third grade teacher in south Phoenix and north Scottsdale. I was born and raised in Arizona and enjoy spending time with my family/friends, traveling and cooking. I look forward to getting to know all of you this coming school year!

I am grateful for the short time I’ve had so far getting to know many of our staff members over the summer.  I can’t say enough how incredibly professional, grateful and knowledgeable this staff is.  They represent expectations of mine and continue to impress me.  

The same goes for this incredible PTO.  They are willing to do everything they can to support this transition and to make Sonoran Sky an even better place to teach and learn. Generous and sincere are two words that describe Sonoran Sky PTO.  I encourage you to become a part of it to continue Sonoran Sky’s tradition of excellence.  Parent involvement has many different forms.  Please consider joining our PTO so you will receive the latest and most updated information.  It is an easy click that makes a huge difference.  

My focus is instruction and what that should look like and sound like.  We will do whatever is necessary and/or directed at us to keep our school community safe. We all want the school to stay open and in person all year long.  I think most of us agree our students need consistency now more than ever. 

Please stop by and introduce yourself when possible and one way or another, I look forward to meeting each of you. 

Here’s to a safe and successful 2021-2022 school year!


Terri Kellen

Interim Principal

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