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New administrators appointed by Peoria Unified Governing Board


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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

Alice And Jennifer

The Peoria Unified School District proudly welcomes new administrators who were approved by the governing board for the 2015-16 school year.

Alice Cushing will take the helm as principal at Ira A. Murphy Elementary School. Cushing currently serves as the assistant principal at Cheyenne Elementary School.

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Jennifer Kazmar (left) and Alice Cushing (right) were appointed by Peoria Unified Governing Board as principals to Vistancia Elementary and Ira A. Murphy Elementary Schools respectively.

She began her teaching career at Ira A. Murphy Elementary School in 1986. Cushing taught at Copperwood, Oakwood and Parkridge elementary schools. Following a transfer to Parkridge, she moved into the instructional specialist position in 2006.

Known for her expertise in leading and developing instruction, Cushing was promoted to assistant principal in 2013. She will be replacing Lorisa Pombo who is taking a leave of absence for the 2015-16 school year.

Jennifer Kazmar will take the position as principal at Vistancia Elementary School. Kazmar is currently the assistant principal at Vistancia.

Kazmar began teaching in the Litchfield Elementary School District in 2006. In 2010, she became an instructional coach focusing on math intervention at Verrado Elementary School.

In 2011, Kazmar was promoted to student advisor at Western Sky Middle School. She will be replacing Steve Gillett, who is retiring.

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 AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.