Degrees and Certifications:
Georgia Southern University - Bachelor of Sci in Education Northern Arizona University - MA in Educational Leadership
I started my career as an elementary teacher and worked in Mesa Public Schools for ten years. I moved to Florence Unified in 2005 and have enjoyed the past 14 years working in San Tan Valley. I have 24 years experience in education working at title one schools and have worked as a school administrator for the past 17 years. I have been married for 22 years and I have two children who attend high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona shortly after we were married for a job opportunity and we love Arizona! My parents and family are originally from the east coast (Alabama, Georgia and Florida) and we are passionate college football fans - although for rival teams! Please be prepared to see lots of GEORGIA BULLDOG football attire and decorations during college football season! My family also loves the Arizona Diamondbacks!
My passion is working with teachers, students and communities building strong educational programs and helping children reach their full academic and personal potential. I opened Magma Ranch K-8 and enjoyed being the principal there for 5 years. We worked hard to earn a B-Label with 70+ percent free and reduced lunch. I was asked to move to CCR K-8 for the next 4 years, where I led a strong group of young teachers and developed the idea of for a "STEM Academy," transition under our former superintendent, Dr. Amy Fuller, which was highly successful. In one year, the CCR team moved the school from a C-Letter Grade to an A-Letter Grade and then earned the Arizona Educational Foundation's A+ School of Excellence Award.
When Mr. Knutsen was named superintendent in 2017, he asked me to move to Walker Butte K-8, to lead another transition and begin an ongoing improvement plan for the oldest FUSD school located in San Tan Valley. Together, over the past two years, the Coyote staff, students and parents have worked as a unified team to organize and execute building repairs and renovations including new playground structures, new air conditioning and lighting in all buildings, new energy efficiency strategies and savings, as well as future projects with S.F.B. (AZ School Facilities Board) which include requests for new roofing, new fencing for safety, and a parking lot restructure for more parking, and safer traffic routes using new fire lanes that connect to the back of Community Ed. We still have many projects ahead, as they take time and lots of money, but we will continue our efforts to improve our building and campus each year.
Our team at Walker Butte is so proud of our accomplishments over the past two years! Our student leaders have increased positive school culture with our PBIS H.O.W.L. Program, and our Student Council has won the top student leadership award two years in a row, "Master Council" at the state's JR HIGH Association for Student Councils. We have a wonderful Safety Patrol Team led by Mrs. Gates, who volunteer time helping teachers keep our younger students safe before and after school. Our other active clubs on campus making a positive difference is our Green Team, led by Mrs. Schutz. This amazing group of students lead our campus in recycling and energy efficient practices! WB has the most energy savings last year in the district! Mr. Burton leads our school's Garden Team, who designs, plants and cares for our beautiful vegetable garden next to the gym. Ms. Christolini, our band/choir and music teacher leads our music club and they will be adding a brand new 5th and 6th grade beginning band this year!
Our priority academic goals for the upcoming year at Walker Butte will be successfully implementing a new assessment program called "Let's Go Learn." This will be an important assessment software program that will help our staff identify accurate academic strengths and weaknesses as well as individualized intervention plans that will help close the achievement gap and increase students' reading levels and math performance. K-3 will be implementing Core Knowledge ELA Curriculum as well. This will be our transition curriculum as we move toward using Wit and Wisdom ELA school wide. K-8 will continue use of Eureka Math, Springboard ELA for 6th-8th grade and ST Math for K-8. 8th graders will go 1:1 this year and have their own lap top computers to use in all classes. Our junior high students will participate in some project based learning opportunities this year as well.
Walker Butte has a very large special needs program with 5 district self contained cross cat classrooms. Our special ed teachers are some of the best in the district! Walker Butte led the district in starting the first Unified Sports Program last year for our special needs students in junior high. This program partners gen ed students who enjoy mentoring special education students with quarterly sports. They compete with neighboring districts and our WB Unified Basketball Team brought home our first championship trophy in May 2019. We anticipate seeing more students participate in Unified Sports this upcoming year!
Our junior high students are very active in sports and celebrated district championships this past year in Soccer and Volleyball. Our cheer and basketball teams came in 2nd place! Walker Butte has a long history of strong athletic programs and we hope to continue high student and parent participation.
We're looking forward to a fantastic 2019-20 school year and hope that we will see everyone back to school ready to learn and get involved at Walker Butte K-8 Leadership School!
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Degrees and Certifications:
Arizona State University - Bachelor of Arts in Education Northern Arizona University - Master of Education and Doctorate of Education
Dr. Sonia Bribiescas
A native of Superior, Arizona, I graduated from Superior High School in 1988. I attended South Mountain Community College on an athletic scholarship where I earned my Associate of Arts Degree. I then attended Arizona State University earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Secondary Education in Business. In 2000, I earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Secondary Education/Technology at Northern Arizona University. In 2011, I earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.
I began my teaching career at Superior High School where I taught business and coached basketball and softball. After teaching in Superior, I taught Math at the East Valley Institute of Technology for seven years. In 2004, I began teaching Business at Powell JH. I served as the Instructional Specialist and Team Leader for one year each at Powell. I returned to the classroom and taught Business at Stapley JH and returned to Team Leader at Kino JH. I am in my 25th year in education at Florence Unified School District as an Assistant Principal of the Walker Butte K-8 School.
I started working adjunct at South Mountain Community College in the Summer of 2011. I teach BPC110 and CIS105 for the college on the main campus.
Dean of Students
Degrees and Certifications:
Arizona State University Grand Canyon University
Greetings Walker Butte families! I am excited to be continuing to serve our families in a new role. I have been an educator for 20 years serving in a variety of capacities. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University in 1996 and started my career working with homeless students at Thomas J. Pappas in Phoenix. I received a Master's Degree in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University in 2007 while teaching in my hometown of Globe, AZ. We moved to the San Tan Valley/Florence Area for more opportunities. I worked at Copper Basin for 10 years while earning another Master's Degree, this time in Educational Administration.
This is my third year at Walker Butte. I enjoy genealogy and scrapbooking and spending time with my family. I've been happily married for 23 years and have two boys. My oldest son is married and stationed in South Carolina where both of them are serving in the Air Force. My youngest is currently a junior at Florence High School. I look forward to a year full of learning and building relationships. Go Coyotes!
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