In June, the Governing Board Meeting, Peoria Unified Governing Board members approved the following administrative appointments:
Mr. Tawn Argeris was appointed as the new principal at Liberty High School. He replaces Mr. John Croteau who will transition to the District Administration Center. Mr. Argeris currently serves as principal of Buckeye High School in the Buckeye Union High School District where he has been since 2008. He was nominated and named a semifinalist as a Rodel Principal of the Year in 2015. In addition, he worked as an assistant principal and instructional coach in the Buckeye Union High School District and Glendale Union High School District. Mr. Argeris completed a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University in May of 2001.
Mr. Stephen Balliet was appointed as the new principal at Sun Valley Elementary School. He replaces Mr. Dale Shough who will transition to Cheyenne Elementary School to serve as principal. Mr. Balliet currently serves on the faculty at Foothills Elementary where he is the assistant principal. He has also worked as an English teacher in the Peoria Unified School District. Mr. Balliet completed a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Arizona State University in December of 2010.
Mr. Dustin Hamman was appointed as the new principal at Lake Pleasant Elementary School. He replaces Mr. Tom Green who has accepted another opportunity out of Arizona. Mr. Hamman currently serves as the assistant principal at Vistancia Elementary School. He has served the Peoria Unified School District for 13 years as an assistant principal and teacher at Parkridge, Coyote Hills and Heritage Elementary Schools. Mr. Hamman has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.
Ms. Kelly Glass was appointed director of exceptional student services. She currently serves as the director of federal programs and community outreach in Agua Fria Union High School District. Ms. Glass has served as an assistant superintendent in Page Unified School District in Arizona and Goshen County School District in Wyoming. She also has administrative experience in Montana where she worked as a director of curriculum and assessment and was a principal. Ms. Glass earned a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from the University of Great Falls, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University and a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana.
Mr. John Nitschke was appointed as the new principal at Santa Fe Elementary School. He currently serves on the faculty at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary where he is the assistant principal. In addition, he was the interim principal at Alta Loma Elementary during the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Nitschke completed a Master’s degree with distinction in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in December of 2002.
Mrs. Danielle Skrip was appointed as the new principal at Country Meadows Elementary School. She replaces Mr. Val Barrett who will transition into a new role at the Peoria Flex Academy. Mrs. Skrip currently serves on the faculty at Desert Palms Elementary where she is the assistant principal. Mrs. Skrip has also worked as an elementary grade teacher in the Peoria Unified School District. Mrs. Skrip has an extensive background as a professional educator and completed a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership from Arizona State University in May of 2010.
Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest 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 93 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high 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.”