Principal | Athletic Director

Mr. Scott Johnson

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Eastern Michigan University Northern Arizona University

Mr. Scott Johnson

Here is my 2020-2021 Virtual Meet The Teacher Video; click here to view video

I am honored to be the principal of Copper Basin K-8. Prior to joining FUSD, I served as a middle school science and social studies teacher, Dean of Students, and assistant principal. This is my seventh year in the Florence Unified School District, where I have worked as an assistant principal at Skyline Ranch K-8 and Circle Cross Ranch Stem Academy.
I believe children have a greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill the love of learning in our students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.

Assistant Principal

Ms. Melissa Lopez

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Ms. Melissa Lopez

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Dean of Students

Mr. Kevin Oursler

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Mr. Kevin Oursler

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Instructional Coach

Ms. Laurie Black

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Ms. Laurie Black

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I have 30+ years in the education profession. I started out as a teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. After 11 years, I came down to Arizona and started in a charter school as a teacher and was asked to move into administration. I was a principal in a large charter system for several years and then served as an Assistant Superintendent over Curriculum and Professional Development. In 2008, I joined Coolidge Unified School District, as Principal of San Tan Heights. My last year there, my team and I were able to move it from a “D” status to almost a “B”! I left there and went to Murphy Elementary School District. It is located in central Phoenix and is a District-wide Title I school. I promised the School Board that within the year it would go from a “D” status to a “C”. Which it did! I was then asked to take over the Directorship of Head Start and work with the City of Phoenix and the Head Start Federal Grant. I enjoyed my last 6 years with Head Start. It open my eyes to the emotional social side of learning and the health and safety issues so overlooked by “making the grade”. I am excited with my new job at Florence Unified School District and with Copper Basin. I am looking forward to working as a team for the success of our students and our school community.