Principal's Corner
Suzanne Carlson    
Suzanne Carlson
Principal 


Dear Ashland Ranch Families,

Welcome to Ashland Ranch Elementary School! As the proud principal, I am honored to lead the dedicated staff whose commitment to quality education has earned Ashland Ranch Elementary School the grade of “A” from the Arizona Department of Education.  The highly effective and caring teaching staff is skilled in developing rigorous coursework and ensuring a nurturing and supportive learning environment for our students.

I feel very fortunate that my path to date has culminated in being the principal of such a talented staff.  During the 19 years I have devoted myself to kids, I have had a varied set of experiences to prepare me along the way.   I am proud Lumberjack alum, having earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northern Arizona University.  Very early in my career I taught and counseled at-risk youth.  It was during this time that I became a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, a credential and a set of experiences that are instrumental in me being a balanced and effective leader. 

I then transitioned my support of individual students and families into site level administration, serving in various administrative roles in two high quality east valley districts.  I started my administrative career in the Chandler Unified School District, a rewarding and successful starting point in a highly performing district.   From there, I moved into the Scottsdale Unified School District, where I served the community for 5 years.  It has been a rich and satisfying path, one that has given me the tools and perspective to best support the families of the Ashland Ranch community.

On a more personal level, I am a mom of two beautiful and busy girls, Sydney who is in 7th grade, and Shelby, who is a junior in high school.  Like all of you, I love attending my girls’ events and being amazed with who they are becoming.  When I am not chasing our yellow Labrador retriever that we rescued from a shelter, I am an active runner.  My family and fitness help balance out the busy nature of work, allowing for me to be present and active in both areas.

I am eager to partner with you and the Ashland Ranch community to provide your child with the best educational experience possible while instilling in them the love of learning.  Ashland’s dedicated staff and I look forward to a year filled with academic growth and personal development!

Warm Regards,

Suzanne Carlson

 


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