New School Principals and Director

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Barbara Robey - Amanda Acosta

My name is Amanda Acosta and I will have the distinct honor and privilege of being your new principal. Although I am not an Arizona native, I have called the West Valley home for over 40 years. I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Grand Canyon University with a Masters in Educational Administration. I have been in education for over 19 years. While employed with the Litchfield Elementary School District, I have served the community as a classroom teacher in multiple grades, an Instructional Coach, Middle School Student Advisor, and most recently as the Assistant Principal at Wigwam Creek Middle School.

Rancho Santa Fe - Vanessa Zuniga

My name is Vanessa Zuniga and I was raised in the West Valley. I received my degree in Elementary Education and my masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Let’s go Lumberjacks! Ihave been with the Litchfield School District for 14 years where I have served as a classroom teacher, as well as an Instructional Coach and Behavior Coach prior to becoming the Principal here at Rancho Santa Fe.  I am beyond excited to be the new principal of RSF and look forward to serving the community.

Verrado Heritage - Meredith Noce

It is with great pride and excitement that I return to Verrado Heritage as the newly appointed Principal. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Everyday HEROES. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than seventeen years. I have taught both in the elementary and middle school setting and was a reading specialist for five years. My administration experience includes opening Verrado Heritage with former principal, Kimberly Franz, as her Student Advisor for three years and most recently was Verrado Middle School’s Assistant Principal this past school year.

White Tanks Learning Center - Trina Weniger

It is my deep honor to lead our KNIGHTS school family. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and a MA in Educational Leadership. I have been in education for the past 20 years. I have served as a Special Education teacher, general education teacher, behavior coach and district behavior coach. I am committed to working collaboratively with our staff, families, and community to ensure a safe learning environment and culture of excellence. Our enthusiastic staff is dedicated to holding each other and all of our students to high expectations. We work with students to set social and academic goals that can be achieved through the use of differentiated instruction, effective curriculum, and Conscious Discipline, a data-driven framework to help children develop social-emotional skills. 


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