New principal Barela aims to continue traditions at DV - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Back To School

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

New principal Barela aims to continue traditions at DV

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 6:29 am

The 2014-15 school year is right around the corner, and Desert Vista High School’s new principal, Christine Barela, plans to continue the tradition of success for which the school is known.

Barela, who worked as the assistant principal and registrar for the past eight years, was hired as Desert Vista’s principal in March after her predecessor, Dr. Anna Battle, was hired as assistant superintendent for district operations for Tempe Union High School District.

Barela graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and received her master’s in administration and supervision.

She began her teaching career in the Kyrene School District and joined Tempe Union as an assistant principal of activities at Tempe High School in 2002, under the leadership of Battle.

“She is an incredible leader and a mentor,” Barela said. “I love her dearly and believe in her leadership and philosophy … she’s such a visionary and people person.”

Barela has grown to love the communities of Desert Vista and Ahwatukee, where she has lived for the past 26 years.

“The community is absolutely amazing, the teachers are amazing and I’m absolutely blessed and honored to have this opportunity to lead such an amazing school,” she said.

For her first year as principal, Barela is focused on creating an atmosphere of “shared leadership” throughout the hallways of Desert Vista — not only through teachers and administration, but also students and parents who are vested in propelling Desert Vista to success.

“We have many different leaders at our campus, so we will continue to do what we have done,” she said.

Barela is focused on keeping the achievement standards high at Desert Vista.

“Desert Vista’s community is amazing … they believe in excellence and are passionate about everything they do,” she said. “Students are the No. 1 reason why we are here and we have to build those positive relationships and make it deliberate.”

Barela understands that high school can be a difficult time for students, with immense pressure on their shoulders, and she wants to lend support to each student.

“I want to encourage them. I want to be able to help every student reach their potential. My vision is always going to be keeping the students in the forefront,” she said.

Barela is eager to build upon the school’s success in academics, extracurricular activities and athletic programs.

“It’s wonderful to experience all the accolades and all the accomplishments of all the students,” she said. “I’m looking forward to strive for excellence on all the decisions I make, and putting students first at every decision that I make.”

The first day of school at Desert Vista is Monday, Aug. 4.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Women found dead in apparent Phoenix murder-suicide

PHOENIX - Officials are investigating a murder-suicide in Phoenix. Phoenix police said on Saturday morning they responded for a check welfare …

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:55 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/sou…

Hudgens added to State Bar of Arizona Appointments Committee

Marla Hudgens, an attorney in the regulatory and government practice group at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, has been selected for member…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:53 pm @ http://paradisevalleyindependent.com/news/hudgens-…

Pokémon goes local: locate 800+ PokéStops on Local First AZ website

Local First Arizona has made it easier for Pokémon Go players across Arizona to “catch ‘em all.” By making upgrades to the Local First Arizona…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:32 pm @ http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/news/pokemon-…

‘Neon Demon’s’ Alessandro Nivola Joins Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’

July 25, 2016 | 11:16AM PT Alessandro Nivola is set to join Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.” He has also nabbed…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:27 pm @ http://variety.com/2016/film/news/alessandro-nivol…

Protecting the Hardest Working River in the West

The West’s most famous river wasn’t born that way. Since John Wesley Powell’s epic exploratory voyage in 1869, the lore of the Colorado River …

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:25 pm @ https://www.americanrivers.org/river/colorado-river/

The 15 Most Beautiful Lakes in the U.S.

Glaciers, geysers, crystal clear water: What more could you ask for? These 15 American lakes are gorgeous—and worth a visit—any time of year. …

Published: July 25, 2016 - 12:23 pm @ http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-11-16/the…

Mercury Girls Celebrate Emotional Honesty On "Holly"

Philly indie five-piece Mercury Girls have jangle pop down pat. With their new track, "Holly," the band insists on emotional integrity by way …

Published: July 25, 2016 - 11:58 am @ http://www.thefader.com/2016/07/25/mercury-girls-h…

Cardinals Single-Game Tickets On Sale Saturday

Single-game tickets for Cardinals 2016 home games will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Arizona time exclusively through Ticketmaster. Because o…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 11:56 am @ http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article…


Humanae Vitae Rediscovered

“We need to return to the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed Pope Paul VI, which highlights the need to respect the dignity of…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 11:55 am @ http://www.catholicsun.org/2016/07/25/humanae-vita…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…