The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 21 educators from across Arizona to the 2014 cohort of Rodel Aspiring Principals. Next month these individuals will begin training, shadowing and building a network with Rodel Exemplary Principal mentors as they prepare to become principals of Arizona schools.

Name Title School, District City
Marisela Campillo Assistant Principal Hollinger Elementary School, Tucson Unified School District Tucson
Cari Casteel Assistant Principal Foothills Elementary School, Peoria Unified School District Glendale
Amy Chapman Assistant Principal Collier Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School District Avondale
Keoni Dang Assistant Principal Metro Tech High School, Phoenix Union High School District Phoenix
Sandra Davis Literacy Coach Flora Thew Elementary School, Tempe Elementary School District Tempe
Rachael Eggers Assistant Principal Yuma High School, Yuma Union High School District Yuma
Brian Griggs Assistant Principal Coronado Elementary School, Higley Public Schools Mesa
Pani McKenzie Teacher Ironwood Elementary School, Casa Grande Elementary District Casa Grande
Amanda Meier Principal Wilton Elementary School, Wilton Public Schools Bismarck, ND
Sheila Mendoza Principal Salida Del Sol Elementary School, Crane Elementary School District Yuma
Rene Molina Principal Ruth Fisher Elementary School, Saddle Mountain Unified District Tonopah
Kelly Moreno Assistant Principal Robson Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools Mesa
Andy Morgan Dean of Students San Tan Junior High School, Chandler Unified School District Chandler
Ana Noriega Assistant Principal Centennial Middle School, Crane Elementary School District Yuma
Rebecca Price Teacher on Assignment McCartney Ranch Elementary School, Casa Grande Elementary District Casa Grande
Molly Saddler Assistant Principal McClintock High School, Tempe Union High School District Tempe
Matthew Stewart Assistant Principal Sun Canyon Elementary School, Fowler Elementary School District Phoenix
Ashley Hargrave Assistant Principal Casa Grande Middle School, Casa Grande Elementary District Casa Grande
Allison May Literacy Coordinator Glendale Elementary School District Glendale
Stephanie Wilkins-Johnson Title I/School Improvement Spec. Salk Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools Mesa
Cory Woodard Instructional Coach Vista Del Sur Traditional School, Laveen Elementary School District Laveen


“The record number of quality applicants for this year’s cohort is a sign that educators are looking to build a support network as they transition into school leaders,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “We provide this opportunity by pairing these outstanding aspiring principals with Rodel Exemplary Principals who have experience leading some of the top schools in our state.”

“Success in any field is greatly improved when you have outstanding mentors,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “We know that these Aspiring Principals have the talent to excel, and with the support of their Exemplary Principal mentors, they will be able to succeed as school leaders in Arizona communities that are in need of great leadership.”

Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative in 2008. Other funding partners include JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Carstens Family Funds, Cox Communications, Helios Education Foundation, Arizona State University, Yuma County School Superintendent, and the Yuma Community Foundation.

Rodel Aspiring Principals are selected each spring to participate in a two-year partnership. Since the program’s inception, 50 Exemplary Principals have mentored over 130 Aspiring Principals; of those, a third are currently leading their own Arizona schools.


The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit