Robyn Conrad
Playa del Ray Elementary School (Gilbert, Arizona)

“'Proud to be a Principal' is a statement that rings true for me every day. All school leaders are facing many challenges during this time of close scrutiny and increased accountability at both the state and federal levels. Now more than ever, educators must come together to face these opportunities with renewed commitment and enthusiasm. As administrators, we are promoting exemplary education to better prepare our youth to be world-class citizens and productive members of society. Together with our teachers, we are promoting a more rigorous and relevant classroom experience for learners. Principals are setting examples of strong leadership. We need to inspire and mentor new leaders. Our administrators are working toward Vision 2021, and I will be very proud to stand with you as your Zone 9 Director.”

Professional Experience: Principal, Playa del Rey Elementary, ’01-present — Assistant Principal, Highland Junior High School, ’99-’00 — Principal, Highland High School, ’93-’99 — Associate Professor, Northern Arizona University, College of Education, ’98-present

Professional Affiliations: NAESP, ’07-present (Principal Evaluation Committee, ’11-’12; Nominating Committee, ’11; National Leaders Conference, ’07-’10; Delegate Assembly, ’07-’11) — Arizona School Administrators, ’05-present (Past President, Elementary Division, ’09-‘11; President, Elementary Division, ’07-’09; President-Elect, ’05-’07) — Arizona Task Force for Teacher Evaluation, ’11 — Chair, Teacher Evaluation Committee, Gilbert Schools, ’10-’12

Professional Honors: NAESP Distinguished Principal for Arizona, ’10 — Arizona A+ School of Excellence, ‘08-’12 — Arizona’s Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year ’09 — Arizona’s Assistant Principal of the Year, ’00

Civic/Community Honors: Gilbert Sister Cities Association Board Member, ‘05 -’12 — Arizona Ambassador to China, ’05 — Seeing Eye Dog Foundation Puppy Raiser, ’00-’04 — Gilbert Boys and Girls Club, ’96-’99 — FFA State Award, ’98 — FFA American Chapter Award, ’96

Education: Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University, ’98 — M.A., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University, ’89 — B.A., Education/Sociology, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, ’82