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San Tan Charter School names new assistant principals


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  • Katy Springer/San Tan Charter School

San Tan Charter School Leadership From Left To Right:

Administrators at San Tan Charter School, a public (tuition-free) K-8 charter school in Gilbert, announced Tuesday they have hired two new assistant principals for the 2014-15 school year. Marlene Armstrong of Payson, Ariz., joined the staff of STCS in May. Kevin Hickman of Santa Ana, Calif., will take his place at the charter school on July 1.

“After an exhaustive search process, we finally found two educators with the skills, experience and vision to help our school provide the highest-caliber academic and specials programs,” said Dr. Kristofer Sippel, founder and principal, San Tan Charter School. “Our assistant principals’ unique expertise, combined with our staff-wide commitment to excellence and our beautiful new campus, provide a school choice option where students truly can have it all.”

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San Tan Charter School leadership from left to right:
Dr. Kristofer and Rita Sippel, founders; Marlene Armstrong, assistant principal;
Barbara Wahlman, CFO; Marty Tomljenovic, director of community outreach & special events; Kevin Hickman, assistant principal.

Armstrong comes to San Tan Charter School from Payson Unified School District, where she formerly directed STEM integration, gifted education, and served as Education and Career Action Plan and college and career readiness coordinator. A former teacher who was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Rural Schools Association, Armstrong holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational administration.

At STCS, Armstrong will serve as curriculum and instruction assistant principal, overseeing STEM programming, professional development, student conduct, gifted student identification, special education and the Title I program.

Hickman, who served as assistant principal of student services at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, provided oversight of the school’s departments of athletics, security, health services, performing arts, discipline and attendance. He holds a master’s degree in leadership of educational organizations and is working toward a doctorate in education sports management and leadership.

Hickman will serve as student services assistant principal at STCS, where he will help facilitate the day-to-day operations of the school, ensure a safe and nurturing school environment, and will build STCS’ athletics program to include an expanded daily physical education curriculum, after-school sports clubs, intramurals and competitive teams in a variety of sports including volleyball, cross country, flag football and basketball.

San Tan Charter School names new assistant principals SanTanSchoolInsideSan Tan Charter School’s new site is located in Morrison Ranch at 3959 E. Elliot Road in Gilbert. Now in its final phase of construction, the school will open in July for the 2014-15 academic year. The 50,000-square-foot site features a 35,000 square-foot classroom building with 30 750-square-foot classrooms, an expanded library and media center, a computer lab, and a 15,000-square-foot gymnasium complete with a full-size basketball court and full stage for students’ music and arts performances.

Outdoors, the 6.5-acre site includes two large playgrounds, three basketball courts, four tetherball courts, and 1.5 acres of grassy fields for organized sports and play.

About San Tan Charter School

San Tan Charter School is a public (tuition-free) charter school in Gilbert serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school and its staff have received numerous distinguished honors including Arizona Outstanding Gifted Educator 2010, Top 10 Charter School Teacher 2011 and 2012, Go Gilbert! Top School 2010-2013, certified Arizona Environmentally Healthy School,

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year 2013, 2013 Best of Gilbert Award and East Valley Tribune Best Charter School 2013 and 2014.

The K-8 school is well known for its self-contained gifted program, daily physical education, rich music curriculum and Love and Logic® classroom management system.

The campus also houses San Tan Montessori Private Preschool and Kindergarten, serving children from 18 months to 6 years old.

San Tan Charter School, as a school community, works to provide an academic and social environment that ensures each student’s success. The school is committed to fostering creativity and critical thinking, inspiring happiness, and honoring each child’s individuality. For more information, visit us online or call 480-222-0811.