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New principal at Camelback High School, Gestson moves to district office


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Dr. Quintin Boyce presided over his final Bioscience graduation, May 21 at Herberger Theatre. Boyce has been assigned as the principal at Camelback High School, replacing Dr. Chad Gestson, who is moving to the District office as a Director of School Leadership.

Boyce just completed his second year as principal, a year in which Bioscience earned an A Letter Grade, had a 100% graduation rate, and a 100% college enrollment for its seniors. The school was cited as a Bronze School in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools ranking, and is one of the Top 50 schools in Arizona, based on SAT scores.

He has been with Bioscience for five years. He taught Biology, Chemistry, and Forensics at Bioscience. Before coming to Bioscience, he taught General Biology, Honors Biology and AP Biology at South Mountain High School for three years. Boyce, who earned his undergraduate and doctorate from ASU, began his teaching career in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at South Mountain Community College teaching Biology. A native of Chicago, Boyce is 35 years old.

Dr. Chad Gestson leaves his post as principal of Camelback, a position he held for five years, to become the District’s Director of School Leadership.

Gestson, the 2013 Administrator of the Year for Phoenix Union, is a Rodel Exemplary Principal, one of only seven in the state selected in 2012. In that role, he mentors aspiring teachers, particularly those who will lead schools of lower income students.

Among his accomplishments at Camelback, he instituted an Advisory period where students meet daily for four years with the same advisor, started an evening credit-recovery Virtual School, opened the first Montessori High School program in the state, founded the Food and Clothing Bank that serves the entire community, reinvigorated the Camelback Alumni Association and partnered with many local business and groups, including Social Venture Partners, which has invested time, talent and funding in the school.

Camelback’s student achievement is on an upward trajectory, and this year, $3.5 million in scholarships were earned by Camelback seniors.

Gestson spent five years as an administrator in the Isaac School District, and taught for three years at Roosevelt. A Teach for America product, prior to his public education career, he was a commercial construction superintendent in Seattle. He has earned degrees at the University of Washington, ASU and NAU.