Last Friday, representatives of Rodel’s Principal Initiative sat down with Gov. Doug Ducey and his Education Policy Advisor Dawn Wallace in a round table discussion of the challenges facing public education in Arizona.
The Rodel Principal Initiative representatives included:
- Alicia Alvarez, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Alta Vista High School in Tucson
- Brett Bonner, 2009 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Sahuarita Unified District
- Heather Henderson, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise
- Elaine Jacobs, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of North Canyon High School in the Paradise Valley Unified District
- Kyann McMillie, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Wildflower School in the Avondale Elementary District
- Jenny Robles, 2014 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Palomino Intermediate in the Paradise Valley Unified District
- Patricia Scarpa, 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Lattie Coor School in the Avondale Elementary District
- Christine Sullivan, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of La Cima Middle School in Amphitheater Public Schools
- Tanya Whiteford, 2013 Rodel Aspiring Principal, Assistant Principal at Desert Meadows Elementary in the Laveen Elementary District
Also in attendance were Rodel staff members Jackie Norton, President & CEO; Howard Paley, a 2008 Rodel Exemplary Principal; and Mike Henderson, a 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal.
During the meeting, Gov. Ducey described himself by saying, “I’m not an education expert, but I am an education champion.” He shared his proposal to gain public support for increasing funding for education from the State Land Trust’s permanent fund. The Governor listened as each of the Rodel educators described the challenges facing their schools and districts, and Arizona students in general. The round table was a great opportunity to allow educators’ voices to be heard by our state’s leadership. Rodel was honored to sit down with Gov. Ducey and his staff, and we look forward to continuing the conversation throughout his tenure.