Pinnacle High School
Chad Smith

Chad Smith was named the new principal at Pinnacle High School this year. Originally from Southern California, he moved to Arizona 2 years ago. In 2007, he became the Assistant Principal at his alma mater, Tustin High School and in 2012, served as principal of South Hills High School in West Covina, California. In 2017, he and his family moved to Arizona, where he became the principal of Pat Tillman Middle School in the Balsz School District in Phoenix. He earned both a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, but decided to change careers in 2002 and earned his teaching credentials from Argosy University. He completed hos Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2016 from USC.


Explorer Middle School
Jennifer Jeras

Kyle Shappee will be the new principal at Explorer Middle School. He was previously the principal at Copper Canyon Elementary School. Mr. Shappee joined the PVSchools family in 1994 and has held the following positions: teacher on assignment/Title I coordinator, assistant principal and teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Master of Education degree in Elementary Education from ASU and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership with Distinction/Graduate Certificate of Principal from NAU.


Desert Trails Elementary School
Marta Maynard

Sarah Torrilhon came to Desert Trails with 17 years of experience in education. Last year, she was the Assistant Principal at both Boulder Creek and Sonoran Sky Elementary Schools. Prior to administration, she was a classroom teacher in Paradise Valley Unified School District and Scottsdale Unified School District where she taught grades 6th, 1st, 2nd, PreKindergarten, infants, and Self-Contained Gifted. Mrs. Torrilhon also worked as an online curriculum developer. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Administration; Sarah also holds her Early Childhood and Gifted Endorsements. Mrs. Torrilhon is elated to bring her skills as an educational leader to Desert Trails and to work with you in partnership.


Fireside Elementary School
Danielle Else

I am honored to serve as the Principal of Fireside Elementary School! Fireside is an incredible community that has welcomed me with open arms and overwhelming kindness. I am excited to be part of the team working hard daily to support PVSchools’ students in their “Journey Of Excellence.” As Principal, I look forward to working together to support all students in meeting our district vision, where “students will be the leaders of tomorrow with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to realize their dreams in an ever-changing world.”

Born and raised in a coastal suburb of California, I moved to Arizona over a decade ago with my husband and two daughters. Moving to Arizona was a big change! We spend a good deal of time exploring this beautiful state and feel there is a great deal to discover. While not at Fireside, you can find me on the hiking trails, behind a good book, hanging out with my husband and daughters, or walking my dog. 

I come from a long line of USC Trojans and obtained a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. My career in K-12 education began in 1996 in California, where I worked as both a teacher and an administrator at the site and district levels. Since then, I have been involved in many programs in both California and Arizona. I am proud to be an educator working to support and guide students through their middle school years.


Wildfire Elementary School
Ryan Schoonover

2018-2019 will mark Ryan Schoonover’s 14th year in education, and his first year in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. He began educating in Kansas, teaching Social Studies and Science for grades 6-8, was an after=school math and reading tutor to students, coached the middle school soccer team, and was the Student Council sponsor. He moved to Arizona in 2012 and became the K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Instructor and Assessment Specialist for Deer Valley School District for 3 years, developing curriculum and assessments for the district, provided professional development to teachers, created lessons for the Arizona Department Of Education and Maricopa Coutry Education Service Agency. He served as Assistant Principal at Canyon Springs STEM Academt in Deer Valley School District, working with students, teachers and parents to help lead the school to an “A” rating from ADE, “A+” designation from the Arizona Education Foundation, and a STEM Certification from AdvancED. He is also a Level 1 and 2 Google Certified Educator and is working towards his Google Certified Trainer endorsement.