The DVUSD Governing Board approved school boundaries for the new Elementary #32, which is currently under construction at 5757 Inspiration Mountain Parkway near 57th Avenue and Happy Valley Road. The new boundary for Elementary #32 follows along the canal to the north, Pyramid Peak Parkway to the west, and Happy Valley Road to the south. Street-level maps are currently being developed and will be posted at dvusd.org/Elementary32 in the near future.
The new school opens this August and will initially serve K-6 students, with the infrastructure in place for future expansion to a K-8 campus. The school’s temporary name is Elementary School #32.
In addition to approving the school’s boundaries, the new principal has also been announced. Dr. JoAnn Schwarting, the 2021 DVUSD Principal of The Year, will take over the reins of Elementary #32. Dr. Schwarting has served the Deer Valley Unified School District since 2005. She taught seventh grade English language arts at Desert Mountain School for seven years. She then transferred to Desert Sky Middle School where she assumed the roles of instructional coach and assistant principal. Most recently, Dr. Schwarting spent the last six years leading Desert Mountain School as principal. Though it is bittersweet leaving her current school, Schwarting is up for the challenge and eager for the opportunity.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be given the honor of serving this beautiful community,” she says. “My goal is to nurture a school environment that is caring and connected. I believe partnerships are necessary when educating our students, so I’m looking forward to developing strong family and community ties.”
After serving four years in the United States Navy, Dr. Schwarting earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. When she is not actively involved in supporting the Deer Valley community, Dr. Schwarting enjoys spending time with her husband, her four sons, three daughters, and five grand dogs.