Welcome to Tavan Elementary School

  • Welcome to Tavan Elementary School, where we do whatever it takes to provide exceptional learning opportunities for ALL students.

Phone: 480-484-3510


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Julie Ballard, Principal

Mrs. Julie Ballard is Tavan's principal and a 25-year veteran teacher. After 13 years of service as a master special education teacher, she was unanimously selected as the assistant principal in the 2014-2015 school year and has been the principal since the 2019-2020 school year. She also taught at NAU in the field of educational assessment. Her classroom experience brings valuable knowledge to all areas of curriculum design, student assessment, classroom management, teacher evaluation, and shared leadership. Mrs. Ballard's commitment to Tavan is evident in her innovative school initiatives, positive attitude in all situations, educational knowledge sharing, and understanding of the needs of a diverse student population. She has implemented school behavior initiatives and reduced student behavior referrals by 75% over two years. As a community member, all four of Mrs. Ballard's children attended Tavan Elementary School. 

Mrs. Ballard received a dual degree in K-12 Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Arizona in 1993, her Masters in Educational Counseling in 1997 from the University of New Mexico, and most recently her Masters in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from University of Northern Arizona in 2012.

Phone: 480-484-3514


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Principal

Our assistant principal, Dr. Gabriela Ramos, has 33 years of experience as an educator. She has been the assistant principal since the 2019-2020 school year. She taught for 10 years in Mexico and taught for 23 years in the Creighton School District. She earned her doctorate in leadership and administration in 2018. She believes that teaching is the most important career in society and is the greatest endeavor to educate children. She was born and raised in Sonora, Mexico and came to the U.S. to teach. Her door is always open!

  • Tavan Wildcats

    Principal: Julie Ballard
    Assistant Principal: Gabriela Ramos
    Address: 4610 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Phone: 480-484-3500
    Fax: 480-484-3501
    Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
    School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm 
    Grades: Pre-K - 5th Grade
    Colors: Green and Navy
    Mascot: Wildcat
    Year Opened: 1955

PTO Information

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Visitors & Volunteers

  • Parents who are scheduled to volunteer on campus are required to sign in at the front office, provide ID, and wear a visitor sticker any time they are on campus. Other adult visitors must make arrangements with the front office to visit our campus. Student visitors are not permitted.