Principal

Phone: (480) 575-2401

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Ms. Sarah Barela

Mrs. Barela just finished her 20th year in education, all of which have transpired within the Arizona public school system. Graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2000 she began her career as a high school English teacher at Sunrise Mountain High School where she also coached the spiritline and was a student government class sponsor.  While teaching, she also attended Northern Arizona University and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  The 13 years in the classroom and two years as an instructional coach were very formative in her growth as an educator as it provided a solid foundation of quality leadership, curriculum, instruction, and decision making. In 2016, she accepted a job as the Assistant Principal at Saguaro High School.  She spent a year at Saguaro over special education, 504’s, student activities, and testing.  In 2017, she was promoted to the Assistant Principal over Educational Services at Chaparral High School.  She has spent the last four years as a Firebird over seniors, AP, the guidance department, graduation, and master scheduling.     

Mrs. Barela said, “I am honored to become a member of the Falcon community.  In the few interactions I have had with faculty, staff, and students it is clear that Cactus Shadows is a great place to be and the sense of community is strong.  I look forward to continuing to make connections with all of you as we move through this next school year.”

On a personal note Mrs. Barela enjoys spending time with her husband and family.  Her oldest daughter will start her journey as a Wildcat in the Fall.  Her other daughter will be a sophomore and her son will be a 3rd grader.  

In closing, Mrs. Barela said, “My focus is to build relationships with the Cactus Shadows learning community.  You will find me out in the mornings, during passing periods and at lunch.  You will see me at school and community events cheering on our Falcons.  Our job is to educate our future.  I will work diligently with our team of teachers, support staff, and district administration to ensure that students leave Cactus Shadows with the education and tools to be successful wherever their dreams and goals take them.”

She’s honored to accept the position of principal of Cactus Shadows High School.  Go Falcons! 

Administrative Assistant to Principal

Phone: (480) 575-2401

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Ms. Patti Grimm

Assistant Principal Academics

Phone: (480) 575-2404

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Mrs. Cyndi Black

I am so excited to join the Cactus Shadows High School Community – THE flagship school where student spirit rules and expectations for success are high!

My path in education has taken me from teaching elementary school (I taught 4th, 6, 7, 8), to instructional coaching in both middle and high school. I taught IB English to Juniors along the way too. For the past 6 years I have coached teachers in best instructional practices, provided professional development and led schools alongside the Administrative team.

Originally I’m from Toronto, eh!? My husband and I and our two children exchanged snow for sand in the mid 1990’s and while we’ve been back to Toronto many times since, Arizona is our home! Fun fact: I like to drive fast, walk fast and hike fast. Keep up if you can!

Students, by now you have probably seen me around campus, but just in case, I'm Mrs. Black, the Assistant Principal of Student Services and Instruction. I look forward to getting to know you over the next few years and celebrating your successes along the way! I've watched some pretty cool videos that you have made and they have made me proud to be a Falcon already! My personal motto is to learn something new every day. I hope you share my motto so that we can learn together.

Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal Academics

Phone: (480) 575-2407

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Ms. Debbie Dowd

Assistant Principal of Operations and Resources/Athletic Director

Phone: (480) 575-2406

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Mrs. Tandehl Collentine

Ms. Tandehl Collentine has had the privilege of working for CCUSD for the past 9 years.  She has taught at all grade levels within the district starting at STMS as the P.E. Teacher and Track & Field coach before moving onto BMES as the P.E. Teacher for grades K-6.  For the past 6 years, Ms. Collentine has taught P.E./Health and F.A.M. (Foundation of Academic Mentoring) at Cactus Shadows High School, along with Head Coach duties for Track & Field and Assistant Cross Country Coach.  Ms. Collentine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.  She continued her education in Arizona, earning a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  Ms. Collentine is excited for the opportunity to have a positive impact on the outstanding athletic and academic programs at CSHS.  She resides in Cave Creek along with her husband and two sons who attend BMES.  

Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Phone: (480) 575-2458

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Mrs. Lori Johnson

Dean of Students

Phone: (480) 575-2405

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Mrs. Angela Pantilione

Mrs. Pantilione, aka Mrs. P, has been in education for over 15 years in Texas and Arizona. Beginning her career as a high school English teacher, she has also been a department head, guidance counselor, testing coordinator, teaching instructional leader, teacher mentor, National Honor Society advisor, and an AP Literature reader for College Board. 
Mrs. P was born in Waterloo, Iowa and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1970. She was raised to appreciate and preserve our Sonoran Desert. You will often see her excitedly looking for birds and desert critters. 
Education is her second career, travel consultant was her first.  After 9/11, Mrs. P went back to college attending Texas A&M University in Commerce as she raised her three children. Once she graduated with honors, she continued with graduate coursework and began her career in education. 
Moving home to Arizona in 2010, she continued to be a driving force on campus to support students and teachers in her multiple capacities. Then in 2019, she completed her master’s and principal internship in Educational Administration through Grand Canyon University.
Mrs. P is the mother of two veterans, one Army Sergeant who is also a Grand Canyon graduate, and a former Marine. Her daughter is currently attending ASU. She and her husband love weightlifting, traveling, and hiking together. Plus, Mrs P. is an avid reader. 
Bringing her diverse experiences and her commitment to helping teens succeed, Mrs. P is honored to be the interim Dean of Students.

Administrative Assistant to Dean/Attendance

Phone: (480) 575-2433

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Ms. Christy Pine