Akimel A-al Middle School Principal Ernie Brodersen
Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School Principal Kelvin Inouye (left) and Akimel A-al Middle School Principal Ernie Brodersen will both retire at the end of the school year. AFN file photos

Two Kyrene principals with more than 50 years experience in the district are retiring at the end of the school year.

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School Principal Kelvin Inouye and Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School Principal Ernie Brodersen announced their retirement to the community last fall. Both men have been principals at their respective schools for the past five years.

Inouye's successor has not been selected, but Kyrene del Cielo Principal Mike Deignan will be taking over for Brodersen at the beginning of next year.

"Nothing is dramatically different this year," Brodersen said. "We are focused on preparing for the AIMS test, completing the curriculum and pushing for the same high standards that we always do."

Brodersen is a Phoenix-native and started teaching in Scottsdale in 1972. He has spent 11 of the last 12 years at Akimel with a one-year assignment at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School in between. He worked at Pueblo for six years prior.

"Ernie has been in the district for many years and builds strong relationships with every person with whom he interacts," Kyrene Superintendent David Schauer said in an e-mail. "I have the feeling he will be one of those retirees who continues to spend a lot of time here because we are his family and he is ours."

After retirement, Brodersen plans to substitute teach within Kyrene for extended resource classes for students with disabilities. He also said he will volunteer with the Best Buddies program, which started at Akimel two years ago.

"We were the first middle school chapter of Best Buddies," Brodersen said. "It has really thrived. I will continue to stay active with the organization."

Inouye has served the Kyrene district for 21 years as a teacher and 10 years in administration.

"The years have flown quickly by," he said in a letter sent out to parents in November. "I will forever treasure the many relationships with thousands of students, parents, and co-workers, and how all have enriched my life."

His successor will be selected closer to the end of the school year.

"One of the best decisions I ever made was to hire him to be the principal of Colina," Schauer said. "I have enjoyed watching him listen, learn and lead the school over the past five years."

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