Clement new principal at Peralta Trail Elementary School in Gold Canyon

Natalie Clement

Natalie Clement

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board approved a change for the 2015-16 school year at a meeting Tuesday, April 14: the hiring of Natalie Clement as the new principal at Peralta Trail Elementary School, 10965 E. Peralta Road, in Gold Canyon.
According to a press release, Ms. Clement was one of three qualified candidates recommended to AJUSD superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators who conducted the initial interviews.
“When I spoke with Mrs. Clement, what I took away from our discussion was not that her desire was to be a principal, or to teach kids; her desire was to improve the lives of children on any given day. When you hear that, it is reassuring as a parent to know that she will be the individual who will spend the bulk of her time having a positive impact on the lives of our children,” said Dr. Wilson.
Mrs. Clement has been the principal at Temple View Elementary in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for seven years, according to the release.
Prior to this position, Ms. Clement served two years as an intermediate spectrum teacher in a multi-age classroom, and six years as a fifth and sixth grade teacher.
“My husband is a chiropractor, and we have four children. Our oldest has already graduated, one will attend Apache Junction High School, and two will attend Cactus Canyon Junior High,” said Mrs. Clement in the release. “We love the outdoors and have already gone on a few hikes in the Superstitions on previous visits.”
Mrs. Clement will step in July 13, as current principal Heidi Golemon leaves to pursue other career opportunities, according to the release.

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