“While I look forward to a new challenge, I will miss the wonderfully kind and inspiring community of Sierra Verde. This year completes my 7th year at Sierra Verde. Before I became the principal at Sierra Verde, I coordinated the ASU iTeach program and several of my ASU students were mentored by Sierra Verde teachers. I knew then, just as I know now, there was something extra special about Sierra Verde,” Tseunis stated.
Tseunis has 22 years of experience in public education, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and most recently the principal at Sierra Verde.
“Paula is a champion for effectively using technology to increase engagement and rigor in the classroom. Under her leadership, Sierra Verde K-8 STEM Academy has been recognized as a top school throughout the state of Arizona and has garnished a plethora of awards. She has moved the district forward by engaging students in dialogue regarding pursuing a technology and or engineering career path,” said Cherryl Paul, superintendent of the Sacaton Elementary School District.
Tseunis is also an adjunct professor for the Arizona State University. Most recently under her leadership Sierra Verde received the AdvancED National STEM Accreditation and A+ School of Excellence Award.
Tseunis was named National Distinguished Principal for Arizona in 2016 and DVUSD Principal of the Year in 2015. In 2013, under her leadership Sierra Verde was rated #1 K-8 Public Elementary School in Arizona by the Arizona State Department of Education.
“Dr. Tseunis’ friendly, approachable demeanor and authentic outreach efforts are assets in developing relationships with others whether she is communicating with them virtually or face to face,” said Dr. Connie Harris, previous executive director of Arizona AdvancED.
Tseunis is known across the state and nation as a strong presenter with organizations including the Arizona School Administrators, Arizona Education Foundation, AZ SciTech and National Association for Professional Development Schools.
In a letter to Sierra Verde parents earlier this week, the district indicated that a new principal will soon be named for the school.