The Cave Creek Unified School District is pleased to announce the Director of Academic Services, Director of Secondary Student Services and Director of Exceptional Services for the 2021-2022 School year. The Director positions were approved by the CCUSD Governing Board at their April 12, 2021 Business Meeting.
Staci Wiese, Director of Academic Services – Mrs. Staci Wiese is the current principal of Desert Willow Elementary School. Staci has over 18 years in education as a classroom teacher at a variety of levels, at both elementary and middle school. She has also worked as a Title 1 reading teacher, an instructional coach, assessment coordinator, as well as a school administrator in Washington state. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, with specialized endorsements in Reading and English Language Learners. She is also a certified Trauma-Informed Educator. Staci moved to Arizona with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in 2019 and loves spending time outside in our fantastic weather.
Bill Dolezal, Director of Secondary Student Services. Mr. Bill Dolezal, the current principal of Sonoran Trails Middle School (STMS), has been named the Director of Secondary Student Services for the Cave Creek Unified School District. Mr. Dolezal has served as principal of STMS for the past twelve years. He was the athletic director at Cactus Shadows High School and the assistant principal at Dysart Elementary for two years prior to assuming the principal position. Prior to administration, he taught math, science and social studies in both Arizona and Connecticut. Bill lives in Phoenix with his wife of 25 years who is a music educator. His two daughters, both graduated from Cactus Shadows High School, will finish their degrees in the next year in nursing and sports medicine.
Michael Karpinski, Director of Exceptional Services. Michael earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Special Education, as well as his Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. He also earned a Master of Arts from Michigan State University with concentrations in Special Education and Sport Leadership and Coaching. He is completing his ED Specialist program with Wayne State University in Special Education Administration. Throughout his career in Special Education, he has worked with students with disabilities across multiple eligibility categories and age ranges from Kindergarten through Young Adults in both Arizona and Michigan. For the past two school years he has served as the Principal for a Special Education program with Mesa Public Schools.He is passionate about working with students with disabilities to meet their academic, social/emotional, and postsecondary goals. His wife, who is also a Special Educator, and he have been married for 17 years now. Originally from Michigan, they have lived in Scottsdale now for almost 10 years. They have two beautiful daughters and two dogs that we rescued when they were pups.