Dr. Anna Battle

Desert Vista Principal Dr. Anna Battle on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Dr. Anna Battle, principal at Desert Vista High School, will be recommended to the Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) Governing Board on Feb. 5 as the new assistant superintendent for district operations.

The position, originally held by Associate Superintendent Dr. Greg Wyman, was an open position because Wyman was retired and a return-to-work employee.

The position was offered internally and externally.

Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca said Battle is the right person to fill the position.

“Because of her vast expertise, years of experience, and numerous local, state and national awards, Dr. Battle has earned my trust and respect. She will play a very critical role in Tempe Union as we continue to fulfill our mission of ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning.’”

Baca said Battle will perform “phenomenally” as the new assistant superintendent for district operations and trusts her ability to know the district very well.

“You have to when you’ve been in it for 27 years. She has a real good sense of not only Desert Vista, but the entire district,” he said. “Bring her wealth of experience, not just as a principal, but as an assistant principal, an athletic director, teacher in the classroom, and as a parent within our district I think that lends itself as a well-rounded person who can do the job.”

Battle has more than 10 years of principal experience within the district, being principal at Tempe High School from 2002 to 2006, and has held her principal position at Desert Vista for the past eight years.

“I’ve been in education for 27 years and at this point I believe my path lends itself to continue in education, and in doing so, I’ve given my life to what God’s plans are. Sometimes doors are open and sometimes they are close, and when they are open I believe that’s the direction I need to go to,” she said on Tuesday.

Battle feels with being named assistant superintendent for district operations through her leadership and extensive resume in education she will be able to be a leader for the district in a different capacity.

“I truly feel joy being a principal, and valued every part of being a teacher and coach, previously. It just seems like a natural next step to see if my leadership skills will benefit the district at large,” she said. “At this point it’s still being recommended to the board.”

With her new position seeking approval from the TUHSD Governing Board, Battle is currently in a state filled with mixed emotions being that she will be leaving Desert Vista, a place she has grown to love.

“It would be different if I hated my job. I absolutely love my job and I love the people that I get to work with on a daily basis, so its mixed emotions to think that I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “But to think about the opportunity is delightful, and at this point I’m living the dream of continuing in my current role and continue to do the best job that I can.”

Battle will finish the school year as Desert Vista’s principal and will begin her new position as assistant superintendent for district operations in July.

The new principal at Desert Vista has yet to be announced.

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

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