The Assistant Principal at Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Cari Casteel, was recently named as a Rodel Aspiring Principal for 2014. The award is given to educators who aspire to be a principal and distinguish themselves as educators dedicated to leading highly successful schools.
Casteel is one of 21 educators selected throughout Arizona to receive this recognition. She completed a lengthy application, including data that reflected her work with regard to student achievement. She also participated in a rigorous interview process.
As part of the Rodel Aspiring Principal program, Casteel will be paired with a Rodel Exemplary Principal for a two-year mentorship to prepare her for future leadership roles. She will also receive professional development in the area of school leadership and $1,000.
“I look forward to this amazing opportunity which will provide me with professional development and mentorship,” said Casteel.
Research shows that school success is greatly dependent upon the leadership, skills and credence of the principal. With the shortage of potential principals looming, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, created the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative to recognize the success of Arizona’s most exceptional principals and train the next generation of school leaders.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is, “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.”