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Desert Mountain Administration

Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Position |  Principal
Phone | 480-484-7009
Email | lisahirsch@susd.org
Administrative Support Coordinator | Jill Paweski | 480-484-7009

Biography - Click to Expand

I know that in order to be an effective educator I need to be a life-long learner. Throughout all of my years in education I have been a collaborator working with others on launching two high schools, one in the Bronx, and one in Sedona. Both emphasized integrated curriculum, and performance based assessments. From there I was a district curriculum director, and following that a k-8 principal for a decade combined. I promote a tone of decency at school, and I enjoy carrying out our collective vision of our students working to their highest potential as individuals and within groups, on the field, in the classroom, on the stage, in the studio and even at lunch! I enjoy hiking, museums, cooking and my family.

BA Tufts University, Economics and English
MA Columbia Teachers’ College, Social Studies
Ed.D. Northern Arizona University, Curriculum and Instruction with Distinction

Alisha Bradford 

Position |  9th Grade Assistant Principal
Phone | 480-484-7004
Email | abradford@susd.org
Administrative Support Assistant | Ben Paweski | 480-484-7004

Chris Perry

Position |  10th Grade Assistant Principal
Phone | 480-484-7004
Email | cperry@susd.org
Administrative Support Assistant | Ben Paweski | 480-484-7004

Stephen Cervantez 

Position |  11th Grade  Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Phone | 480-484-7006
Email | scervantez@susd.org
Administrative Support Assistant | Lisa Zaragoza | 480-484-7006

David Vines

Position |  12th Grade Assistant Principal
Phone | 480-484-7017
Email | dvines@susd.org
Administrative Support Assistant | Sarah Anderson | 480-484-7017

Desert Mountain Teachers & Staff

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Attendance and Front Office    
Cindy Bitcon 7002 Attendance
Amy Hashimoto 7020 Registrar
Nate Herbert 7012 School Resource Officer
Donna Murar 7030 Reception
Purvi Parikh 7027 Psychologist
Kim Ritivoy 7003 Attendance
Kelley Bowlin 7058 Support Technician
Bev Pundsack 7059 Bookstore Manager
Health Office    
Louize Evans 7011 Nurse
Cheryl Chelius 7016 Health Assistant
Librarian - Palomino Library    
Christina Hicks   Palomino Library
Career and Technical Education    
Natasha Anderson   Sports Medicine
Bernie Fritts   Graphic Design
Neal Johnson   Film TV/Software Dev/Tech Theatre
Eric Nilsson   Marketing and Business
Pam Paul   Hospitality and Child Development
Jon Pulli   IB Business and Business 101/102
Marc Telep   Business 101
Emma Flitton   Pre D English I H
Jamie Henry   English I and II
Amanda Kalkstein   English II and III
Laura Kamka   IB English III/AP Lang Comp and I.B. Coordinator
Sheri North   Pre D EnglishII H/ English II and T.O.K.
Elisa Paltenghe   English II and IV
Howard Peterson   College English and English IV AP
Terence Richard   AP Lang/Comp
Rhianna Schnorr   English I and English I H
Michelle Schulke   Pre D English II/English III/English II H
Kevin Sheh   IB English IV/Writing/Journalism/TOK
Rebekah Snygg-Carrasco   College English/English IV
Anita Walters   English III and IV
Jessica Winget   English I/English II/English II H
Richard Vernezze   English/ELD
Beth Varosky   English I and English I H
Mary Cole 7019 Guidance Secretary
Purvi Parikh   School Psychologist
Leanne DeFay   Alpha Se-Z
Gary Griggs   Alpha A-Da and Foreign Exchange
Michelle Okun   Alpha I-Mi
Melissa Percifield   Social Worker
Paige Phelps-Castro   Alpha Mo-Sc
Megan Reddell   Alpha De-H
Mary Loftus 7028 College and Career Center
Thomas Dinsenbacher   Algebra II/Calc III
Carline Fried   GTH/Geometry/Alg 1
Darryl Fulmer   AP Calc AB/BC and Algebra III
Jennifer Gardner   Algebra I/II and Integrated Math
Lindsay Gilbert   Algebra I and Foundations
John Kettlewell   AP Calc AB and Geometry
Kyoko Krumwiede   Algebra I and GTH
Amanda Lochmiller   Algebra II and Geometry
Christina Murray   Algebra II H/IB Math/Geometry/Yearbook
Brent Riegsecker   Algebra I/AP State/Trig P Calc
Tom Roxborough   Algebra I/Algebra III/Credit Recovery
Stephenie Salazar   Algebra I/Geometry
Catherine Sherry   Trig/P Calc H/AP Calc AB/IB Math HL I
Mitchell Smith   Algebra II and III
Cathy Streiff   Trig P Calc/Alg II and Alg II H
Suzanne Weinberg   Algebra I and Geometry
Erik Kehoe   Intro to P.E./Baseball
Danielle Lester   People P.E./Intro to P.E.
Paul LoBianco   Intro to P.E./Basketball
David Sedmak   Football/Resistance Training/Intro to P.E.
Performing Arts    
Michelle Irvin   Marching Band/Wind Ensemble/Symphonic/Jazz/Orchestra
Jennifer Moore   Music Appreciation/Chorus/Vocal Ens/Piano
Marilyn Mumaw   Theatre I, II, III/Advanced Theatre/IB Theatre
Liza Noriega   Dance I,II and II/Performance Dance
Ralph Battaline   Ocean/Astron and Earth/Space
Keith Blackman   Earth/Space and Biology
Brandon Bogardus   Chemistry H/IB Chemistry HLI -HLII
Ryan Hill   Physice 1st and Earth/Space
Dean Johnson   Physics/Physics H and AP Chem II 
Shawn Jones   Biology and AP BiologyII
Jeff Kuperschmidt   Biology H and HPA H
Meghan Montoya   Chemistry and Ocean/Astron
Haavard Nilsen   Zoo/Botany and Biology/Biology H
Stacey Rosenfeld   Chemistry and Chemistry H
Lucus Strohmeyer   Biology and Earth/Space H
Tom Vining   Astro-Physics H and Physics 1st H 
Jackie Wells   IB Biology and Biology H
Social Studies    
Amy Edmonds   World History/Geography
Janet Emond   Criminology and MYP Coordinator
Amanda Faigin   IB Econ and Econ
Chris Fredericks   AM/AZ History and IB History of the Americas 
Mike Huddleston   AP Gov and AP WH and Geography
Tyler Knox   Pre D World History
Miles Maresh   Pre D American History
Mackenzie Onofry   AP/IB Psychology and Sociology
Eric Peterson   AM/AZ History and WH/Geography
Timothy Spatz   WH/Geography and AM/AZ History
Richard Thomas   Government
Kameron Trapp   AP Econ /Econ and AM/AZ History
Paul Wimmer   WWII/Vietnam/AP AM/AZ History/IB 20th Century
Special Education and Support Services
Cecilia Dubose   ALC Essential Science and Math
Cindy Guillaume   SPED Department Chair/Team Math and English
Cindy  Gagnon   Speech
Katrina Gonnerman   SPED
Patrick Hartzel   Essential Math / Team Science
Julie Koenig   Essential English / Team Math and English
Jimmy Lopez   Functional English, Math, Science, Ind. Living
Purvi Parikh   Psychologist
Margie Richards   SPED
Vince Rio   SPED
Cara Rood   Speech
Cindy Saliola   Essential English/Team Math and English
Betty Schroeder   Team English/Math/Science
Mark Schumaker   Team English/Math/Science
Bonnie Steinberg   Vision Support
Visual Arts    
Kathy Anderson   Studio Art I/Draw/Paint II/Sculpture
Stewart Pearce   Studio Art I/Photo
Anne Wilkins   IB Art/Draw Paint III/Studio Art I/Fashion
World Language
Raiza  Andarcia   I.B. Spanish
Jennifer Bath   Spanish I and II
Jesus Cruz   Spanish I and II
Chris Johnson   Spanish II and III
Susanna Lelli   French III and IV
Joey Liu   Mandarin I and II
Nallely Morales   Spanish I
Irma Preciado   Spanish II
Veronique Rader   French I and II
Masami Rivera-Rios/Aya Jakeo   Japanese
Maribelle Salazar   Spanish III and IV H

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School Information

Principal: Lisa Hirsch
Assistant Principals: Alisha Bradford, Stephen Cervantez, Christopher Perry, David Vines
Address: 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Phone: 480-484-7000
Fax: 480-484-7001
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm 
Grades: 9th - 12th Grade
Colors: Maroon and Gray
Mascot: Wolf
Year Opened: 1995

Visitors to Our School
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Site Council

Site Council  Meeting Dates for 2017-2018
(All dates are on a Tuesday from 2:30p.m. - 4:30p.m.)

October 25, 2017
November 15, 2017
January 10, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
April 4, 2018

2017-18 Site Council Members

2017-18 Site Council Minutes
Minutes TBD