• Yavapai Thunderbirds

    Principal: Kelley Perry
    Assistant Principal: Elissa Nowacki
    Address: 701 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
    Phone: 480-484-3800
    Fax: 480-569-7875
    Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
    School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm 
    Grades: Pre-Kindergarten  - 5th Grade
    Colors: Purple and Silver
    Mascot: Thunderbird
    Year Opened: 1961

    Mission Statement:
    The mission of Yavapai Elementary School is to provide a quality academic program with high expectations for student achievement that help each child develop a positive self-concept, respect for others, appreciation of diversity, and the joy of learning.

    Vision Statement:
    At Yavapai, we strive to foster a distinct environment of inclusion, excellence, pride, and community.

    Core Values:

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Principal Kelley Perry

  • Kelley PerryPhone: 480-484-3810  
    Email: kperry@susd.org

    With twenty years of educational experience and six years in leadership and administrative roles, Mrs. Perry is proud to serve as your Yavapai principal for the upcoming school year!

    Mrs. Perry attended the University of Arizona and earned her initial Master’s in Education of Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota.  She followed up with a second Master’s in Supervision and Administration through the University of Phoenix. 

    Mrs. Perry served the Hohokam Elementary School community as their assistant principal from 2019 to 2023.  Prior to that, Mrs. Perry was a Title 1 instructional coach, gifted specialist, reading specialist, and classroom teacher.  She possesses extensive curricular and instructional expertise.  Her experience includes working in several schools with Title 1 programs and varying specialty programs such as Spanish immersion, gifted, AVID, developmental preschool, and self-contained special education classrooms.

    Mrs. Perry’s passion for education is rooted in her strong desire to serve the SUSD community.   She believes that when expectations are set high, students will flourish.  Under her collaborative leadership style, Mrs. Perry is dedicated to seeing the Coronado Promise actualized for each one of her Yavapai students!

Assistant Principal Elissa Nowacki

  • Assistant Principal Elissa NowackiPhone: 480-484-5610  
    Email: enowacki@susd.org

    Mrs. Nowacki, a product of Cherokee Elementary and Chaparral High School, is thrilled to be the Assistant Principal at Yavapai. Mrs. Nowacki is a 22-year veteran of education. The bulk of her experience comes from 20 years teaching 3rd-6th graders. In addition to Mrs. Nowacki’s classroom experience, she has also been an Instructional Coach and a Teacher on Special Assignment. Her education degrees come from Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.