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. Nicole Johnson

I am thrilled to be the Assistant Principal of Cactus Shadows High School. It is an honor to serve such a wonderful community, full of incredible students, staff, and families that are willing to come together to achieve success.

With over 11 years of educational experience, I thrive on learning new things, and building connections with the staff, students,and the families that I serve! Continuous learning, daily excellence, and the opportunity to impact students are the primary reasons I left my career in the private sector, to pursue a career in education. Throughout the years, I have had the pleasure of teaching a variety of grade levels, and have served as an assistant principal at the elementary, junior-high, and high school levels. I bring with me a wealth of experience both from my business and finance career, and the educational community that I have come to know and love.

On a personal note, I am an Arizona native and grew up in the west valley. I have attained a Bachelor's Degree in Global Management and Leadership, a Masters of Education, and a Masters of Educational Leadership; I am proud to be an alumni from Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University, sorry Wild Cats! I am familiar with the area and love it! My husband and I have been together for 19 years, and we absolutely adore our fur-babies. In our spare time we enjoy spending time with the family, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. Every chance I get, you will find me riding horses, walking the dogs, and digging for my next thrift store treasure.

I am excited to begin partnering with the Cactus Shadows community, and getting to know your children. It is important to celebrate the unique personalities of each student, as well as their small and large successes. I will strive to encourage students to explore their interests, as well as help them to understand that they are valued members of our school community; preparing them , ultimately, for becoming contributing members of society.

As a resident of Cave Creek, I am thoroughly blessed to be part of Cactus Shadows High School, and I am confident that the upcoming year will be incredible!

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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Dr. Jeff Wead

Dr. Wead is the Dean of Students.  He received his doctorate from the University of Missouri.  Dr. Wead worked as a teacher and coach for 15 years then accepted a position as assistant principal for 10 more.  After 25 years, Dr. Wead retired from southwest Missouri. He is veteran, husband, and father. Dr. Wead served in the Army, is husband to Julie, the father of five girls, Eden, Emerald, Isabelle, Ireland, Elizabeth, and Papa to one special grandbaby, Russell Joe!.

Administrative Assistant to Dean

Phone: (480) 575-2433

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Ms. Patti Grimm