Central, Betty Fairfax and Camelback High Schools will have new principals next school year, as the current principals move to District administrative roles. The Governing Board approved the moves. June 5.
John Biera, Jr. will take the helm at Central; Dr. Schavon Waggoner will lead Betty Fairfax, and Dr. Quintin Boyce moves from Bioscience to Camelback, effective July 1.
Camelback principal Dr. Chad Gestson will become the District’s first Director of School Leadership; Chris Jones from Central and Dr. Zack Muñoz from Fairfax will move to the District’s Curriculum Division. The moves create an opening for principal of Bioscience High School.
Biera comes to Phoenix Union from Scottsdale Unified School District where he has been a high school principal for the past 12 years–ten at Coronado and two at Arcadia. His public education career spans 32 years, including 20 as an administrator in Arizona and Texas.
Waggoner, Betty Fairfax’s second principal, has been an assistant principal for three years at Central High School. She has been with the District since 2007, first as a business teacher and then a professional development specialist at Cesar Chavez High School.
Boyce has been principal at Bioscience for two years, and taught science at Bioscience and South Mountain in the District for six years and three years in Atlanta previous to his move to administration.
Gestson leaves Camelback after five years as principal. The 2013 Administrator of the Year for Phoenix Union, he 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. He leaves the school with a growing enrollment, improved student achievement scores and an engaged community.
Muñoz opened Betty Fairfax in 2007 after leading North High School for three years. He implemented a school-wide International Baccalaureate program at the Laveen school three years ago. The school has enjoyed strong academic achievement, high graduation and college-going rates. Munoz has been with PUHSD his entire career, beginning in 1989.
Jones was principal of Central for seven years. A 28-year veteran of the District, including 14 years in school administration, Jones is responsible for bringing the rigorous Cambridge Curriculum to the school, and establishing numerous community partnerships such as SunsCentral with Phoenix Suns Charities and Destination Graduation with the United Way.
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CENTRAL: John Biera, Jr. has been a principal in the Scottsdale Unified School District for the past 12 years, including ten at Coronado and two at Arcadia. Biera is in his 32nd year in education, including 20 in administrative roles. He began his educational career as a science teacher, and spent 18 years in the Lubbock (TX) Independent School District. He has degrees from University of Texas-El Paso and Sul Ross State University.
BETTY FAIRFAX: Dr. Schavon Waggoner has been an assistant principal for three years at Central High School. She has been with the District since 2007, first as a business teacher and then a professional development specialist at Cesar Chavez High School. She began her teaching career in 2002 in the Tempe Union High School District. She has a BA from ASU, Masters from ASU and Grand Canyon University, and earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at ASU.
CAMELBACK: Dr. Quintin Boyce just completed his second year as Bioscience principal, a year in which the small school 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. He has been with Bioscience for five years, three teaching biology, chemistry, and forensics. He taught 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.
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR- DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Dr. Chad Gestson was principal of Camelback for five years. Among his accomplishments there, 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. 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.
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR- CURRICULUM: Chris Jones completes his seventh year as principal of Central. He is a master teacher in special education, having taught at Carl Hayden and Alhambra before moving into administration. He was Assistant Principal for Registration at Hayden for four years, and Dean of Students at Bostrom for three years. He earned his B.A. in special education and his Masters in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR- CURRICULUM: Dr. Zack Muñoz completes his seventh year as Fairfax’s only principal. He was a teacher and coach for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal for activities and athletics at North in 1999. Munoz became the acting principal at North in April, 2004. A Rodel Exemplary Principal Finalist in 2012, he earned his B.A. from ASU, a Masters from Nova Southeastern University and Doctorate from NAU.