Rodel Aspiring Principals 2015

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 26 educators from across Arizona to the 2015 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
Joel Bacalia Assistant Principal University High School, Tucson Unified District Tucson
Stacey Boucher Student Support Coach Tempe Elementary District Tempe
Karen Burns Assistant Principal Gary A. Knox Elementary School, Crane Elementary District Yuma
Leticia Castro Instructional Coach Sheely Farms Elementary School, Tolleson Elementary District Phoenix
Rose Devine Teacher Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School, Chandler Unified District Chandler
Aaron Dille Chief of Staff Western School of Science & Technology Phoenix
Thad Dugan Principal Gila Vista Junior High School, Yuma Elementary School District Yuma
Jessica Felix Assistant Principal Desert Oasis Elementary School, Tolleson Elementary District Phoenix
Debbee Garcia Assistant Principal La Cima Middle School, Amphitheater Public Schools Tucson
Michelle Gottleber Teacher Gallego Intermediate 4-8 Fine Arts Magnet, Sunnyside Unified District Tucson
Ashley Grant Teacher Western Valley Elementary School, Fowler Elementary District Phoenix
Roxanne Harte Teacher/Instructional Coach/AVID Site Coordinator Yuma High School, Yuma Union High School District Yuma
Carin Hart Teacher Westwood Primary School, Alhambra Elementary School District Phoenix
Cindy Hookstra Principal Rancho Viejo Elementary School, Crane Elementary District Yuma
Brett Humphrey Assistant Principal Trailside Point Elementary School, Laveen Elementary District Laveen
Joyce Jamerson Literacy Coach Higley Traditional Academy, Higley Unified District Higley
Nora Jaramillo Interim Assistant Principal Roskruge Bilingual Magnet Middle School, Tucson Unified District Tucson
Christina Larson Title 1 School Improvement Specialist Lehi Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools Mesa
Brian Lockwood Teacher Desert Vista Elementary School, Apache Junction Unified District Apache Junction
Erica Lozano Title I Facilitator Loma Linda Elementary School, Creighton Elementary District Phoenix
Albert Malis Principal Tanque Verde High School, Tanque Verde Unified School District Tucson
Marieka Michaud Dean of Students Quentin Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School District Avondale
Stephanie Ponce Assistant Principal Gallego Intermediate 4-8 Fine Arts Magnet, Sunnyside Unified District Tucson
Margaret Rodriguez Teacher on Assignment Madison Park Middle School, Madison Elementary District Phoenix
Allyson Stewart Dean of Students Willis Junior High School, Chandler Unified District Chandler
Jason Stuewe Assistant Principal Estrella Foothills High School, Buckeye Union High School District Goodyear


“We are proud to have had a record number of quality applicants for this year’s cohort,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “School leaders recognize they must build a network of mentors and colleagues in order to learn, grow and work collaboratively to effectively lead schools. The Rodel Exemplary Principals are the foundation for this network.”

“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.”

In 2008, Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative. 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, 58 Exemplary Principals have mentored over 175 Aspiring Principals; of those, one 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