Editor’s Note: Cassie Hauck was born to parents who were teachers, and she remembers helping her mom set up the classroom each summer. Now she’s the principal at Sunset Ridge School. The following text was provided by DVUSD.
Mrs. Hauck has been working in education for eighteen years. She spent the first eleven years of her career teaching a variety of grades — third through sixth — in both Oregon and Arizona schools. Nine of those years were spent here in the Deer Valley Unified School District. In 2012, she left the classroom to become an Instructional Coach to support instruction and continuous improvement efforts at a Deer Valley Title I school. In 2015, Mrs. Hauck received an Assistant Principal position in a neighboring district where she spent three years in this role. Mrs. Hauck is thrilled to be returning to the Deer Valley family as a school principal and is looking forward to serving the Sunset Ridge school community.
Her primary goal this year is to build relationships with the Sunset Ridge staff, students, families, and community in an effort to foster collaboration and comradery. The new Principal looks forward to learning about the history, traditions, and school initiatives in an effort to understand how she can best support the students and staff as they set school goals and work together to achieve them.
Q&A with Sunset Ridge School Principal Mrs. Cassie Hauck
What is the most important lesson being in education has taught you?
The most important thing I have learned in my eighteen years on the job is to always act with integrity and ethics. Leading with a moral compass focused on student success, teacher growth, and community connections is critical. As educators, we must commit to a belief that keeps all students at the heart of the organization. This means that decision making, problem solving, and planning should always be focused on what’s best for kids.
What advice would you give a parent to help his/her child be successful in school?
As a parent, you play a key role in your child’s success in school. A good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort among parent, child, and school staff. We encourage open lines of communication to help stay informed of your child’s progress. Social media, apps, and school/ teacher websites are great ways to get up to date information on events taking place at our school. With your participation both in and out of our classrooms, we can look forward to a productive, creative, and enjoyable year together. Your continuous support and interest in your child’s education is so important and greatly appreciated.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in Education?
My desire to become a teacher and school leader has been inspired by many people and a variety of experiences, but most significantly, learning from my parents who were both educators. As a child, I remember many summer days spent helping my mom make nametags, design bulletin boards, and set up her classroom. I lived for it! My father, a principal for many years, modeled leadership, innovation, and integrity for the work he did. I was always in awe of his character, strength, and passion for teaching, learning, and leading. I guess you could say I was hooked at a young age and never looked back!
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