Paula L. Tseunis

In her five years as principal, Dr. Paula Tseunis has built on Sierra Verde Elementary School’s excellent reputation by focusing on curriculum, community, and STEM. She spearheaded an integrated three-year initiative, The Sierra Verde Outdoor Academy, to enhance science education through project-based learning experiences. Though this program, students have partnered with the community to create outdoor learning spaces including a desert tortoise habitat, an outdoor STEM lab, and a simple machines art garden. Sierra Verde Elementary School also hosts a regional STEM conference and annual STEM night events. Tseunis has guided technological innovation including initiation of pilot programs for Chromebooks, iPads, and Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program, a virtual field trip for students. As described by a proud parent, Dr. Tseunis has built a culture of innovation, integration, and inquiry that benefits both the school and the community. In 2013, Sierra Verde was rated the number one K-8 public elementary school in Arizona. Sierra Verde also won an A+ School of Excellence Award in 2014, and in 2015 Dr. Tseunis was named Principal of the Year by the Deer Valley Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science from Northern Arizona University and both M.A. and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University, where she has served as an educational advocate since 2014.