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Intentional Leadership: Tempe Elementary Principals Prepare for New School Year

Post Date:08/01/2019

Principals listen to State SuperintendentOver the summer, Tempe Elementary leaders took a break from summer fun and came together to collaborate, learn, and grow in preparation for a new school year. 

Intentional leadership was the focus of the retreat. The group of 22 principals worked together looking at intentional practices in leadership, in increasing student achievement, and impacting school culture and climate.

“My hope from the retreat is that our principals would learn from each other and that they take that collaboration, positivity, and dedication that they have and roll it over to their school and their staff,” said Director of School Leadership, Dr. Christine Trujillo.

State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman took time to talk with the group during their retreat. She spoke about being leaders in schools, how important the principal’s job is, and how she appreciates their leadership. Trujillo stated that it was very inspiring and very well received. Principals work together at retreat

Among the group was a new principal, Shannon Cunningham. Cunningham shared that it was valuable time spent with inspiring colleagues. 

“I feel inspired, supported, and excited as we kick off the new school year in Tempe Elementary with a focus on intentional leadership,” Cunningham said. 

Dr. Nancy Uxa, principal of Laird School, said she is starting the year feeling invigorated and uplifted. 

“The message of being intentional in all we do was thought provoking,” said Dr. Nancy Uxa, Laird School Principal. “The message of spreading joy in all we do each day was exciting and energizing! I am fortunate to work in such a child-centered and loving District!” 

“We’re all looking forward to a positive year of impacting students through our intentional leadership,” Trujillo said. 

Thank you MOXY Tempe for hosting this year's TD3 school leadership retreat. For more information about MOXY Tempe, please visit

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