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Peoria High School announces new principal

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  • Erin Dunsey   |   Peoria Unified School District

Landa Tartaglio

At the May 27 Board Meeting, the Peoria Unified Governing Board approved the appointment of Mrs. Landa Tartaglio as the new principal of Peoria High School. This spring, long time principal Mr. Paul Bower announced his retirement to staff and students.

“I want to take this opportunity to express what an honor it has been to serve you, your children, and our school the past several years,” stated Mr. Bower. “One of our goals at THE Peoria High School has been to help all of us determine our WHY – because when we know our WHY, the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of life become more apparent. My WHY for the past 36 years has been to help young people realize their amazing potential.  Although my WHY will still remain, my what and how will change from that of being a professional educator to that of a professional grandfather.  I will be retiring as principal of the first and best high school in Peoria Unified at the end of the school year.”

Mrs. Tartaglio brings over 25 years of experience in education. She has been with Peoria Unified since 1998, serving as a teacher, Title I facilitator, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and an elementary school principal. She is also a proud Peoria High School parent. 

Mrs. Tartaglio holds the Arizona Principal Certificate (K-12), Arizona Teaching Certificate and Intel Master Teaching Certificate. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Mrs. Tartaglio will be transitioning from her current leadership role as Assistant Principal at Raymond S. Kellis High School and will take over the helm at Peoria High School on July 1, 2021.

Peoria High School, the oldest high school in Peoria Unified, opened to students in 1922 and is home to the historic building, Old Main, which sits on the Peoria High School campus. Peoria High is known for its tradition of excellence, community and service. They celebrate victories in athletics, arts, academics and Career & Technical Education. School mascot: Panthers; School colors: green and gold.

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 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.” For more information, visit the district’s website at