I can't believe I'm starting my 4th fabulous year as principal of Glendale American School! What a pleasure it has been to serve and continue to serve the GA community. Our teachers love and care about your kids beyond expectation. Our students are a pleasure each and every day. Student data continues to increase and relationships continue to form making American a great place to be.
My career has been riddled with wonderful experiences. I started in the classroom teaching 3rd grade and loved watching students learn and grow. Even more, I loved building relationships with students and learning all about their little lives. I loved education so much that I started my master's degree in Educational Leadership early in my career. I chose then to share my love of learning and supporting kids by becoming a coach at the district level for several years, supporting new teachers entering the field of education. Here I developed a love for new teachers and the excitement they bring to kids. Their struggles became important to me to support and understand, which led me to pursue my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership; pursuing supporting new teachers through Professional Learning Communities as my dissertation research topic. While finishing my doctorate degree, I was promoted to Assistant Principal and loved that work for three years prior to joining the GESD family.
I am a learner, a people person and I love to laugh. My family is very important to me and my husband and two young boys complete me as my children truly are the best part of me. We live in Glendale and love the community we serve as my husband also works for the city of Glendale.
I'm so thankful I chose GESD and our Glendale American family. Thank you for continuing to partner with me to ensure I can do my two jobs: Keep kids safe and ensure learning for every child.
I'm so blessed!
Dear Glendale American Families,
As the new Assistant Principal at Glendale Elementary School, I am excited to become a member of this great school community. I look forward to all of the challenges that come with our mission of providing all students with academic, social and emotional growth. I also look forward to meeting all of the Glendale American students and families.
The 2019-2020 school year will mark my thirteenth year in education. In my thirteen years, I have been a classroom teacher, Reading Interventionist, and an Instructional Support Specialist in a neighboring school district. I have also served as a Curriculum Coach for Rio Salado Community College.
Outside of work my family and I enjoy spending time together. We enjoy lots of activities together such as board games, biking, cards, and trying out new hiking trails with our dog Sarge.
It is with a strong commitment that I am joining Glendale American Elementary School. Together, we can ensure that we are all learning and growing for our number one priority: All in for All Kids.
Looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Sarah Akeley