Principal Dr. JoAnn Roach

Principal Dr. JoAnn Roach
  • A Note From Dr. Roach



    Principal’s Post


    Dear DWES Parents and Guardians,
    I hope all our Roadrunners had a restful summer! My name is Dr. JoAnn Roach and I am the new  Principal of Desert Willow Elementary School beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.  I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead a school where we are Learning for Life--Loving to Learn!  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 21 years and earned my doctorate through Capella University in 2018. I am a fluent Spanish speaker, reader, and writer and have a passion for second language learning. I have worked with students ranging in age from Preschool through 8th grade in a variety of roles to include being a bilingual education teacher, middle school behavior intervention specialist, and a K-5 Instructional Coach. Most recently, I served the past 4 years as the Assistant Principal for Gateway Elementary School in the Creighton School District. On a personal note, I have lived in the north Phoenix area for over 16 years. My son is a nursing student at Northern Arizona University while my daughter is a business student in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.  I have two Rottweiler puppies and enjoy spending time with them everyday!


    I believe that all students are capable of reaching their academic potential with the strong support of families and educators working together. As a school administrator for the past four years, I ensure all decisions are  student-centered so each DWES student reaches their highest potential. Open two-way communication with our dedicated and caring Roadrunner staff will help develop trust and shared understandings to meet your child’s needs and goals. All of us at Desert Willow are eager and excited to begin the year with academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.


    As your Principal, it is important that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and families-are excited to be here. This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I look forward to meeting everyone!  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. Call the front office at 480-575-2800 to make an appointment or email me at I would also like for everyone to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow our Instagram page to keep up with all the wonderful things and events happening at DWES!


    I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Desert Willow meet their goals and have a successful school year.  Thank you for choosing Desert Willow as your learning community!



     Dr. Roach


    Desert Willow