- Desert Ridge Junior High
Gilbert Public Schools welcomes new principals and administrators
As our GPS Family begins a new school year, we welcome and celebrate new roles for some of our school administrators! The changes include three new principals, who will lead campuses during the 2023/24 year. We are excited to see the continual expansion and progression of our GPS Family, and we are looking forward to what these new school and district leaders will do to support the needs of our students in and out of the classroom.
Ames Singley is the new principal of Pioneer Elementary. He has 24 years of experience in education, including eight years as a school administrator. Singley is committed to making sure all Pioneer students and families feel welcome and valued. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be the new principal of Pioneer, and he is looking forward to joining the school community this year.
Wendy Norburg is the new principal of Mesquite Elementary. She’s been a member of our GPS Family since 1999, when she began her career as a teacher. Mesquite Elementary is also the school where Norburg completed her student teaching. She went on to serve as an instructional coach and dean of students. Norburg says she is humbled and honored to serve as principal.
Andrea Emerick is the new principal of Settler's Point Elementary. She's been a member of our GPS family for two decades, working as a teacher and an administrator at several of our school campuses. She first served as interim principal of Settler's Point during the 2022/23 school year. She's looking forward to another year of being part of the amazing teaching and learning happening on the campus. As principal, Emerick says she will work hard to uphold the level of excellence and great traditions carried on by Settler's Point students, staff and families.
Shawn Lynch is the new interim principal of Mesquite High School. He began his career in education more than three decades ago, working as a high school science teacher. He rose up the ranks and became a principal in 2010, serving in the leadership role at two high schools in the East Valley. He retired from school administration and went on to work in various capacities at the high school and university levels. Most recently, he served as an instructional coach and head boys basketball coach at Mesquite High.
Dawn Koberstein is the new Director of Early Learning, a new position within the Community Education department. She previously served as the principal of Mesquite Elementary.
Cheryl Pollack-Neuser is the new director of Federal and State Programs. She is joining the district after working with the Arizona Department of Education.
Jared Ryan is the assistant superintendent of the Teaching and Learning department. He previously was the executive director of Community Education.
Rod Huston is the new director of Community Education for Gilbert Public Schools. He previously served as the principal of Mesquite High School.
Danielle Fuchs joins Gilbert Public Schools as the new Title IX coordinator and Secondary Summer School principal.
Renae Cruz is the new dean of students at Superstition Springs Elementary and Burk Elementary. She previously served as the dean of students at South Valley Junior High.
Lynnea Bahm is the new secondary math coordinator for the district. She was previously a teacher at Campo Verde High School.
Trent Bender is the new dean of students for Ashland Ranch Elementary and Mesquite Elementary. He previously served as the dean of students at Desert Ridge High School.
Renita Miller joins Gilbert Public Schools as the new World Language/College & Career Coordinator.
Adam Strock is the new dean of students at Gilbert High School. He’ll also oversee Gilbert Accelerated Middle School. Strock was previously the dean of students at Ashland Ranch and Canyon Rim Elementary.
Christina Jackson is the new dean of students at Desert Ridge High School. She previously served as the dean of students at Mesquite Junior High School.
Hannah Tautolo is the new dean of students at Mesquite Junior High School. She previously served as the district’s secondary resource/co-teaching coach.
Sam Hutchinson is the new dean of students at South Valley Junior High. She previously served as the district’s Special Education SCILLS coach.
Jenn Laserna is the new dean of students at Harris Elementary and Oak Tree Elementary. She previously served as the math specialist at Gilbert Elementary.
Kristin Flemming is the new dean of students at Canyon Rim Elementary and Meridian Elementary. She previously served as an instructional coach at Carol Rae Ranch Elementary.