Dr. Holly Batsell has been selected as Phoenix Union High School District‘s Bioscience High School principal for 2016-2017. She will replace Dr. DeeDee Falls, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Batsell comes from the Deer Valley School District, where she has been an assistant principal for five years at Mountain Ridge High School, and an English teacher for 20 years in the same district. She was named DVUSD Teacher of the Year and Educator of the Year for the Central Arizona Middle Level Association in 1998.
Batsell coordinated a 1:1 (one computer per student) Technology Rich Initiative and a Biomedical Science and Engineering program at Mountain Ridge. She oversees curriculum and teacher professional development at the school.
Recognized as a U.S. News and World ‘Best High Schools in America’ school each year, seniors have a 100% college-going rate most years, and last year, a graduating class of 47 earned $6 million in scholarships.
“I am honored to be a new member of the Bioscience family. Bioscience High School represents everything that is working in public education: engaged students, committed faculty, and a supportive community. I am grateful to those who had the foresight to design such a haven for learning and innovation. I look forward to forging new relationships and fostering the kind of innovation that will usher in the school’s next era of excellence,” Batsell said.
“With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Batsell is perfectly positioned to lead an already highly successful and innovative high school – one that has a very unique problem-based learning model designed to help students solve real-world problems while navigating through a rigorous curricula,” Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson said. “ We are confident she will take Bioscience – its students and staff – to the next level.”
Batsell, a resident of central Phoenix, earned her Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from ASU in 2013. She holds a Master of Secondary Education from ASU West, and a Bachelors in English Education, from Northern Arizona University.
Falls concludes a 25-year career, in which she was principal or co-principal for seven of the 10 years of Bioscience’s existence, and was instrumental in the creation of the school.