Students returning to Thornydale Elementary and Roadrunner Elementary schools will see some new faces as each school in the Marana Unified School District has a new principal for the 2012-2013 school year.

Sarah Clem will be the new principal at Thornydale Elementary School, following Shirley Siedschlag’s retirement after being principal at the school since the 2007-2008 school year.

Clem has 16 years of experience within public education, which includes teaching, leading, mentoring, school administrative and management roles. 

Two years ago, Clem began working at Estes Elementary School as the associate principal. Prior, she was the principal and special education director at a school in New Mexico. Her background also includes teaching from pre-K to sixth-grade in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Thornydale Elementary team; a team that truly values collaborative decision making,” Clem said in a press release. “I believe a principal is ultimately charged with the responsibility of every student learning and every teacher becoming the best teacher they can be. In order to provide our students with a top-notch education, the instructional staff should be inspired to continuously improve their craft and parents and community should always be encouraged to be our partners.”

Clem has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Western New Mexico University. Throughout her profession, Clem has become trained in learning styles, multiple intelligences, brain research, dyslexia and dysgraphia interventions, and more.

Kristina Brewer will be the new principal at Roadrunner Elementary School, following Elizabeth Armenta’s retirement after being principal at the school since the 2007-2008 school year.

Brewer has nine years of experience within public education including teaching and school administration.

In 2003, Brewer joined the Marana Unified School district as a fifth-grade teacher at Picture Rocks Intermediate School. The past two years, she has been the associate principal at Roadrunner Elementary School.

“As a principal, I hope to bring my passion and vision for public education, and the right of every child to benefit from an education, to the Roadrunner staff, students, parents and community,” Brewer said in a press release. “I am delighted with this opportunity and like so many, I became an educator so that I could make a difference in the lives of the children I serve. I believe that each and every one of us in the school setting have the duty to not only provide, but protect, the right of all children to receive a quality education and with that, they have the opportunity to decide their futures.”

Brewer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Throughout her career, Brewer has organized transition programs and participated in the development of essential learning standards, intervention and enrichment practices, and implemented a consistently applied curriculum. 

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