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SCHS South Phoenix - Kroc Campus

Meet Principal Tala Zelaya

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Tala Zelaya is the principal at our SCHS Tempe location and has been in education for 12 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Northern Arizona University. Tala has experience teaching multiple grade levels. She has been a student advisor and a district instructional specialist. She has contributed her talents towards developing and leading professional development to district leaders, parents, community, and staff. She has been involved in a variety of committees working with Conscious Discipline, and she has completed various trainings for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Self-Harm and Suicide prevention. Among her greatest achievements are contributions to receiving the Westside Impact Teacher of the Year in 2016, the Golden Gator Award two years in a row from Xavier High School, and Litchfield Elementary School District’s Pride Award. 

Principal Zelaya’s most admired quote is by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”