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Phone: (623) 772-2490

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Mr. Abraham Gonzalez, Principal

My name is Abraham Gonzalez, and I am the proud principal of Villa de Paz Elementary School. I am originally from Somerton, Arizona and have been blessed with an amazing family; my wife Corina and two young daughters, Camila and Olivia. I possess over 17 years of experience, including positions in education and behavioral health. I am a proud Sun Devil, having graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Arizona State University. I have since earned two Master’s Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.

My past career experience includes working as a Program Coordinator at Chicanos Por La Causa. I have worked in the Villa de Paz community in different capacities for the past 7 years. Currently, as your school Principal, I believe that I can positively affect students, teachers, and families in our community. I have worked hard to collaborate with community stakeholders in order to empower all students for the choices and challenges of the 21st Century. I have a passion for education, specifically computer science, and truly believe that all students should have the opportunity and access to computer science and related technology.

At Villa de Paz, we have worked hard to accomplish this mission through a collaboration with Verizon and Amazon to provide computer science and technology opportunities for all students. It is our firm goal to enrich the lives of every student and teacher. As a strong advocate for the youth of today, it is my hope to enhance the quality of their educational experience by providing students and teachers with the tools they will need to succeed.

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Phone: (623) 772-2490

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Ms. Renee Gayden, Assistant Principal

Greetings to our Villa de Paz Elementary School community, my name is Renee Gayden by way of introduction. I am the extremely proud Assistant Principal at VdP. I have the pleasure of entering my third year in this position. In addition, I have more than twenty (20) years of educational experience, ranging from teaching to administration. Prior to my educational tenure, I also possessed an extensive background in both juvenile and adult corrections. I currently hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a double Master’s in Education, to include an Educational Specialist degree. I have had the unique opportunity to reside in several countries around the world, and have held dual citizenship in the United States and England due to family military connections. This has provided me with an appreciation for diverse cultures and a profound respect for beliefs and practices that are different from my own. I believe that each student has a uniqueness that enhances their individuality. This is a trait that can be nurtured in order to build a productive character, and ensure that each child has a successful personal and academic outcome. Building positive relationships among all stakeholders is the foundation and belief that I fully embrace and promote within the Villa de Paz community.