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.
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.
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.
Teresa Simmons was named the new principal at Fireside Elementary School. She was previously the principal at Arrowhead Elementary School. Ms. Simmons joined the PVSchools family in 1996 as a teacher and also worked as a teacher on assignment prior to being named principal in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Special Education from ASU, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from NAU and completed a Principal Administrative Internship Program from the University of Phoenix.
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.