Camelback Principal Selected as Administrator of the Year

Posted by Community Relations Department on 8/8/2013

Principal Chad Gestson was named the District’s the Administrator of the Year for 2013.   He has transformed Camelback’s culture in his four years as principal, engaging students, staff and community.  He implemented an Advisory Period, an initiative that has been adopted by most of the schools in the District.  He requires all students to join a club or sport, complete community service and attend a certain number of campus events a year.  He has steadily increased Advanced Placement and Honors classes, instituted extended library hours and piloted a credit-recovery virtual evening school.   This year, Camelback had among the highest increases in the District in AIMS Reading, Writing and Math.       His staff says, “He is a leader that inspires everyone around him to do their best for students’ success.”  “He has created an atmosphere on this campus that I have not felt in 20 years.   Now other teachers are clamoring to get a job here, and outside students want to attend.”  This year, he was the only high school principal to be named an Exemplary Principal by the Rodel Foundation, one of seven leaders in the state.