The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is proud to announce that seven outstanding Arizona school leaders have been named 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principals. These principals, representing the best in the state, have been selected for their demonstrated ability to inspire their staffs to contribute to school-wide success and the development of a campus that is high achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming.

Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative to recognize outstanding school principals and populate a pipeline of highly skilled school leaders for Arizona’s most challenged schools. Each cohort of Exemplary Principals provides professional development, field experience and ongoing mentorship to a class of Rodel Aspiring Principals. After learning from the best, these Aspiring Principals are better prepared to lead their own high-need schools.

Here are this year’s Rodel Exemplary Principals:
Click on each individual principal’s name to view their full profile.

Laura Couret, Quentin Elementary School in the Littleton Elementary District.

Dr. Chad Gestson, Camelback High School in the Phoenix Union High School District.

Michael Henderson, Chandler Unified District.

Valerie Lopez Miranda, Los Amigos Elementary School in the Sunnyside Unified District.

Elizabeth Mullavey, Sousa Elementary School in Mesa Public Schools.

Patricia Scarpa, Lattie Coor School in the Avondale Elementary District.

Stephen Trejo, C.E. Rose Elementary School in the Tucson Unified District.

Rodel congratulates all of this year’s Exemplary Principals, finalists and semifinalists. Their commitment to creating positive learning environments for Arizona’s children and driving student achievement has put them at the top of the class among Arizona principals.