Five new principals named

Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/6/2020

new principals

Top (left to right): Brad Horstman and Tarrah Bernabé.

Bottom (Left to right): Josh Kind and Dr. Kristy Schaffler

Students and parents at five Glendale Elementary School District schools will see new faces in the principal’s office, most beginning on July 1.

Earlier this year Brad Horstman was promoted to principal at Challenger. An educator for 18 years, he has spent his entire career with GESD. Before being named principal Horstman served as assistant principal and achievement advisor at Challenger. He was also an achievement advisory at Landmark, and a teacher at Coyote Ridge. Horstman earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University. His appointment took effect in March.

At Smith Tarrah Bernabé is the new principal. An educator for 12 years, Bernabé most recently served as assistant principal at Bicentennial South. She started her career teaching at Jack, and since then has served in many capacities including, achievement advisor, mentor teacher and Boys Town trainer. Bernabé earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in elementary education and administration and supervision. She will begin her duties at Smith on July 1.

Josh King will move from assistant principal to principal at Sine beginning July 1. He has been an educator for 14 years, all with GESD. He has served the District as a teacher, achievement advisor and as an assistant principal. King has a Bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin Whitewater University, and a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

At Landmark, Dr. Kristy Schaffler is the new principal. Dr. Schaffler has been an educator for 19 years in Arizona, Nevada and Washington. She has served as a teacher, achievement advisor, math and science coordinator and most recently as assistant principal at Coyote Ridge. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Washington, and a Doctorate in educational leadership from Northcentral University.

DeAnza Baker, currently principal at Sine, will move into the same position at Sunset Vista beginning July 1.