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Tavan Administration

Ms. Margaret Serna

Position |  Principal
Phone | 480-484-3500 ext. 43510
Email | MSerna@susd.org
Administrative Support Coordinator | Cyndy Parks

Biography - Click to Expand

Principal Margaret Serna brings 39 years of Title I, educational expertise to SUSD. Her experience includes 18 years in the classroom, prior to beginning a twenty year tenure as the Tavan Elementary as principal. Her Principalship and Superintendent Certification from Northern Arizona University is complimented by an Educational Leadership and Administration certification from Harvard University Principal Leadership Academy. She has worked extensively with 2nd language learners, serving as a district bilingual director and mentor of future teacher leaders. Principal Serna was recognized as the Arizona Department of Education Circle of Honor recipient, state LULAC administrator of the year and recognized as the first Scottsdale Arts and Education Administrator of the year. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognized her as an outstanding future educational leader. She is an adjunct faculty member at NAU and SCC. Under her leadership, the Tavan facilities were rebuilt, and she led the school obtain an Arizona Department of Education "A" label. Additionally, the school was awarded the Arizona Educational Foundation’s prestigious A+ School of Excellence, 3 year designation in 2013, and again in 2017.

Ms. Julie Ballard

Position |  Assistant Principal
Phone | 480-484-3500 ext. 43510
Email | JBallard@susd.org

Biography - Click to Expand

Assistant Principal, Julie Ballard, is a 24-year veteran teacher. After 13 years of service as a master special education teacher, she was unanimously selected as the new Assistant Principal in the 2014-2015 school year. She currently also teaches 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 our school behavior initiatives and  reduced student behavior referrals by 75% over  2 years. As a community member, all 4 of Mrs. Ballard's children have 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.

Tavan Teachers & Staff

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Pre-K and Kindergarten
Name Phone Title
Kim Quihuis   Title I Pre-K
Bronwyn Milhaven Maxwell   Panda
Dawn Gagner   Kindergarten Teacher
Jennifer Henschen   Kindergarten Teacher
Claudia Vickers   Kindergarten Teacher
Farah Mayhew   Kindergarten Teacher
Sarah Van Parys   Kindergarten Teacher
1st Grade
Name   Title
Elysse Beech   First Grade Teacher
Toni Garcia   First Grade Teacher
Emily James   First Grade Teacher
Madison Rumore   First Grade Teacher
Amanda Waltuch   First Grade Teacher
2nd Grade
Name   Title
Dianna Davis   Second Grade TEAMS
Maria DeVenuto   Second Grade Teacher
Sherril Hunter   Second Grade Teacher
Susan Schurman   Second Grade Teacher
Deborah Wollam   Second Grade Teacher
 3rd Grade
Name   Title
Nancy Hayhurst   Third Grade Teacher
Anne Medrano   Third Grade Teacher
Taylor Popovich   Third Grade Teacher
Alyson Sawkiw   Third Grade TEAMS
Leisa Tobey   Third Grade Teacher
4th Grade
Name   Title
Brenna Fain   Fourth Grade Teacher
Britney Goglio   Fourth Grade Teacher
Lauren Miles   Fourth Grade TEAMS
Kailey Sweet   Fourth Grade Teacher - ELD
Natalie Williamson   Fourth Grade Teacher    
5th Grade
Name   Title
Carlos Diaz   Fifth Grade Teacher - ELD
Rebecca  Presley   Fifth Grade Teacher
Shelly Rose   Fifth Grade Teacher
Pauline Scanlon   Fifth Grade Teacher
Karen Van Lake   Fifth Grade Teacher
Name   Title
Mike Naderer   P.E. Teacher
Patty Defeyter   P.E. Teacher
Marisa Sandoval   Art Teacher
Pat Foley   Music Teacher
Rachel Mazzullo   Strings Teacher
Terra Hunsicker   Band Teacher
Special Education and Instructional Resource
Name   Title
Elizabeth Macias   Speech / Language
Pam Stultz   Speech / Language
Tessa Chatham   LRC Gr. 2-3
Angela Ishak   LRC Gr. 4-5
Maureen Traynor   ALC Extended Resource 4/5
Jesse Torres   ALC Extended Resource 
Jenny Martin   Instructional Coach-Math
Marilyn Williams   Gifted Services
Jennifer Clark   Reading Specialist
Sharon Nelson   Title I Instructional Specialist
Special Services
Name   Title
Darryl Bates   Plant Manager
Joan Salinas   Kids Club Manager
TBD   Campus Technician
Jackie Arthur   Health Office
Sandra Padilla 480-484-3522 Community Specialist
TBA   Food Services Manager

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School Information

Principal: Margaret Serna
Assistant Principal: Julie Ballard
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

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