Phone: 480-437-3000


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Mrs. Shelly Richardson

Welcome to Lone Mountain Elementary! 

My name is Shelly Richardson, and I am honored to serve as your principal at Lone Mountain Elementary School. I was born and raised in Arizona and we chose to move to Cave Creek 25 years ago to raise our family. Having experienced our own two daughters flourish within the Cave Creek school system, with our oldest now a Labor & Delivery Nurse in Anchorage, Alaska and our youngest a Prosthetist in Austin, Texas, I understand firsthand the profound impact of a quality education. I began my teaching career in the Cave Creek School District, opening two schools, Desert Willow as a parent and Horseshoe Trails as a teacher, and I am grateful to return to CCUSD as it feels like coming home. 

On a professional note, I graduated from Arizona State University and completed my Master's degree in Educational Administrative Leadership at Northern Arizona University. My background includes 23 years of experience teaching all elementary grade levels, Kindergarten through 6th grade, with the last three years serving as Assistant Principal in neighboring districts.  My goal is always to inspire students to not only love learning but also have confidence in their potential to strive for excellence. I love to walk through our classrooms and see students excited to learn, working together and engaged in thinking and problem solving. It is truly the best! 

I am committed to ensuring that we promote a positive, safe and nurturing learning environment in which your child can grow academically, socially and emotionally. I look forward to collaborating and working together with our amazing staff, students and community to help our Eagles SOAR! 

With enthusiasm and a shared vision for excellence, 

Shelly Richardson