North: Vanessa Casillas will be Recommended to the Governing Board

Posted by Communications on 4/26/2017

Vanessa Casillas will be recommended to the Governing Board, May 3, as the North High School Principal, beginning in July of 2017. 

Casillas returns to the District where she went to school, and where she began her educational career.  A Carl Hayden graduate, she began her career at the school in 2003 as an English teacher.  

Casillas is currently an assistant principal at Mesa High School, a post she has held for four years.  Her first administrative assignment was as an assistant principal at Pueblo Magnet High School in the Tucson Unified School District, from 2010-2012.

Casillas was the District’s first Chicanos Por la Causa Esperanza Award winner in 2009, honoring Latino teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in the school, and demonstrate a true commitment to the community.     Then Vanessa Valenzuela, she served as the Student Government advisor, rose to English Department Instructional Leader, and was an administrative intern in her final year at Carl Hayden.

Casillas has a B.S. in Secondary Education, and two Masters- Bilingual Multicultural Education, and Educational Leadership, all from Northern Arizona University.