Rodel Foundation of Arizona names aspiring principals
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Rodel Foundation of Arizona names aspiring principals

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The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 21 educators from across Arizona to the 2014 cohort of Rodel Aspiring Principals.

Next month these individuals will begin training, shadowing and building a network with Rodel Exemplary Principal mentors as they prepare to become principals of Arizona schools. 

Name Title School, District City
Marisela Campillo Learning Support Coordinator Hollinger Elementary School, Tucson Unified School District Tucson
Cari Casteel Assistant Principal Foothills Elementary School, Peoria Unified School District Glendale
Amy Chapman Assistant Principal Collier Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School District Avondale
Keoni Dang Professional Development Specialist Betty Fairfax High School, Phoenix Union High School District Laveen
Sandra Davis Achievement Advisor Melvin E. Sine School, Glendale Elementary School District Glendale
Rachael Eggers Assistant Principal Yuma High School, Yuma Union High School District Yuma
Brian Griggs Librarian/Media Specialist Highland Junior High School, Gilbert Public Schools Mesa
Pani McKenzie Teacher Ironwood Elementary School, Casa Grande Elementary School District Casa Grande
Amanda Meier Teacher Hancock Elementary School, Chandler Unified School District Chandler
Sheila Mendoza Professional Development Coach Salida Del Sol Elementary School, Crane Elementary School District Yuma
Rene Molina Assistant Principal Ruth Fisher Elementary School, Saddle Mountain Unified School District Tonopah
Kelly Moreno Teacher Mendoza Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools Mesa
Andy Morgan Instructional Specialist Chandler Unified School District Chandler
Ana Noriega Professional Development Coach Gary A. Knox Elementary School, Crane Elementary School District Yuma
Rebecca Price Teacher McCartney Ranch Elementary School, Casa Grande Elementary School District Casa Grande
Molly Saddler Teacher Coronado High School, Scottsdale Unified School District Scottsdale
Matthew Stewart Teacher Fowler Elementary School, Fowler Elementary School District Phoenix
Ashley West Math Interventionist William T. Machan Elementary School, Creighton Elementary School District Phoenix
Allison Whiteman Literacy Coordinator Glendale Elementary School District Glendale
Stephanie Wilkins-Johnson Teacher Salk Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools Mesa
Cory Woodard Instructional Coach Vista Del Sur Traditional School, Laveen Elementary School District Laveen


“The record number of quality applicants for this year’s cohort is a sign that educators are looking to build a support network as they transition into school leaders,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “We provide this opportunity by pairing these outstanding aspiring principals with Rodel Exemplary Principals who have experience leading some of the top schools in our state.”

“Success in any field is greatly improved when you have outstanding mentors,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “We know that these Aspiring Principals have the talent to excel, and with the support of their Exemplary Principal mentors, they will be able to succeed as school leaders in Arizona communities that are in need of great leadership.”

Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative in 2008. Other funding partners include JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Carstens Family Funds, Cox Communications, Helios Education Foundation, Arizona State University, Yuma County School Superintendent, and the Yuma Community Foundation.

Rodel Aspiring Principals are selected each spring to participate in a two-year partnership. Since the program’s inception, 50 Exemplary Principals have mentored over 130 Aspiring Principals; of those, a third are currently leading their own Arizona schools.

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit