I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and express my excitement about my appointment as the new principal at Southwest JuniorHigh School for the 2015 - 2016 school year. I feel fortunate to be joining a school culture focused on student learning, collaboration, and commitment to high expectations. It is my intention to continue with these important practices and traditions along with innovations that will ensure our students ultimate success.
Let me share some information about my educational background and professional experience. After graduating from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, I began my teaching career at Gadsden Elementary School as a sixth grade teacher. I taught here for two years before becoming a teacher-on-assignment at Arizona Desert Elementary School for one year. Between August 2002 and August 2005 I served as the special education director for our school district. During this time I completed my graduate studies at NAU in Human Resources, Educational Leadership, and Special Education. Between August 2005 and October 2009 I served as the Principal of Desert View Elementary School. In May 2010, I completed my Educational Specialist Degree in Bilingual School Psychology at The University of Arizona.
With my “open door” policy, I believe you will find me to be open, fair, and compassionate. I look forward to meeting all Southwest families and earning your trust and respect.
Jose J. Ureña
Southwest Junior High School Principal