The Peoria Unified School District proudly welcomes new administrators who were approved by the Governing Board for the 2016-17 school year:
Erik Stone will take the position as Principal at the Peoria Traditional School. Stone has been a Peoria Unified employee since 2004 when he was hired as a teacher at Marshall Ranch Elementary School. In 2008, he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Coyote Hills Elementary School. Following Coyote Hills, Stone served as the Athletic Director at Centennial High School and then served as Assistant Principal at Apache Elementary School. In addition to his service within the Peoria Unified School District, Stone served in the U.S. Marine Corps form 1997-2001. After serving in the Marines, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and subsequently, a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University.
Mark Stutesman will take the position as Principal at Paseo Verde Elementary School. Stutesman has been a Peoria Unified employee since 1989 when he was hired as a teacher at Cotton Boll Elementary. He taught until 2007 when he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Country Meadows Elementary School. He transferred to Peoria Elementary School in 2014 to continue his service as an Assistant Principal. Stutesman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education. Continuing his education, he earned a Master’s Degree in 1996 and an Administrative Endorsement in 2005.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.