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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.

Leah Froke

Phone: (623) 772-2490

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Mrs. Leah-Marie Froke, Assistant Principal

Villa de Paz Community, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we introduce to you Mrs. Leah-Marie Froke, who has taken up the role of Assistant Principal. Mrs. Froke is beginning her 17th year of service for the Pendergast Elementary School District. She began her journey teaching at Canyon Breeze Elementary School, then became a Reading Interventionist for Sunset Ridge Elementary School. Since then, she has served as an instructional coach, most recently for Rio Vista Elementary School.

Mrs. Froke brings with her a wealth of experience, dedication, and a profound commitment to the betterment of education. Her passion for fostering a nurturing and innovative learning environment precedes her, and we are fortunate to have her stepping into this crucial role.

Mrs. Froke  is so excited to be joining the Villa de Paz family for the 2024-2025 school year and will undoubtedly play a pivotal part in shaping the educational landscape of our community. Her leadership, vision, and collaborative spirit will guide us towards achieving our shared goals of academic excellence and holistic development for every student under our care.