Courtney Castelhano named Manager of Curriculum at AJUSD

Courtney Castelhano (Submitted photo)

Cactus Canyon Junior High Principal Courtney Castelhano was recently named Apache Junction Unified School District’s new Manager of Curriculum.

She will begin her new position July 1 and will be joining the Educational Services Department, focusing on improving systems and supports for district students to help increase achievement at the junior high and high school, according to a press release.

Mrs. Castelhano will work closely with the educational services team to ensure district students have an aligned curriculum as they move through the district’s schools.

The Gold Canyon resident has experience in a variety of school positions.

She taught at Four Peaks Elementary School; was a counselor at Peralta Trail Elementary School, served as coordinator and director of special education for AJUSD for three years; and has worked as the principal for CCJH for the past seven years.

Mrs. Castelhano supported the implementation of AVID, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, this school year with an AVID Site Leadership Team.

The goal at Cactus Canyon, a release states, is to become AVID School certified by 2020. She has conducted various book studies and supported professional development with staff throughout the school years.

Professional development focus areas include growth mindset, engagement strategies, effective elements of instruction and relationship building with students to continue to foster a positive school culture.

In February 2019, she received the Arizona Music Educators Association Outstanding Administrator Award.

“Change is a part of growth and continuous improvement,” said Mrs. Castelhano, who has worked for the district for 22 out of the 24 years she has been in education.

“This position allows me to continue working with AJUSD teachers and students from the district level using the experience I have gained as the principal of Cactus Canyon Junior High. I appreciate the opportunity to work with a great district team to support all o f our secondary teachers and students.”

Chad Cantrell, principal at Four Peaks, will take over as principal at Cactus Canyon for the 2019-20 school year.

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