Welcome to Tavan Elementary School
Welcome to Tavan Elementary School, where we do whatever it takes to provide exceptional learning opportunities for ALL students.
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.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Suzi Figueroa, Assistant Principal
Ms. Suzi Figueroa is very excited to be a part of the Tavan family as the assistant principal. Ms. Figueroa is a Phoenix native, having grown up in Tempe and attending high school in Phoenix. She has over 40 years experience in education. She graduated from Regis University (Denver, CO) with a degree in Elementary Education, a masters from Northern Arizona University in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and a second master's in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University. She began her teaching career with Denver Public Schools and has also taught in Mesa Public Schools, Cave Creek Unified, Creighton, and Kyrene schools. She has taught most elementary grades, as well as ELA and Spanish in middle school. She is a recipient of the Silver Apple Award and Xavier College Preparatory's Woman of Tradition Award.
Ms. Figueroa is the proud mother of four children and seven grandchildren. If she's not doting on her grand littles, you will find her at Diamondback, Suns, Cardinal and Sun Devil games. Travel is another passion that she enjoys as often as possible.
She loves working with Tavan Wildcats and their families every day.
Principal: Julie Ballard
Assistant Principal: Suzi Figueroa
Address: 4610 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Grades: Pre-K - 5th Grade
Colors: Green and Navy
Year Opened: 1955
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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.