Kaytie Thies has been a part of the La Paloma Academy/Heritage Elementary School family for more than six years. She started her career in education as the La Paloma Academy Registrar, where she quickly learned how much she enjoyed the school environment. She went back to school while working and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. Ms. Thies taught 6th grade for two years at La Paloma before moving to Williams, and is now teaching a 6th/7th grade combo class at Heritage. She is certified in Elementary Education with a SEI (Structured English Immersion) and Middle School Language Arts endorsement.
Ms. Thies’ goals for Heritage students, as both a teacher and a principal, are to provide a safe environment for students to achieve academic success. She encourages teamwork and cooperative learning, and wants students to feel motivated to become the best they can be, both as scholars and people of value and character.
Outside of school, Ms. Thies loves to snowboard and spend time with her horse (named Beta).
Principal Justin Dye
Although new to the Phoenix area this year, Justin Dye has been with the La Paloma Academy/Heritage family since 2005. Mr. Dye is an Arizona native and truly understands the need for education reform in our state. He began his career with La Paloma as a second-grade teacher; from there, he moved into the administration side of charter schools serving as the Title I coordinator, after-school director, and vice principal. After serving the last three years as vice principal of La Paloma-Lakeside, Mr. Dye decided to try the Phoenix area.
Mr. Dye’s goal is to educate every student in his school as he promotes lifelong learning to these young minds. He also stresses the importance of teaching character values on a daily basis.
Mr. Dye graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor of science in education. Several years later, he received his master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in education administration. He acquired his principals’ certificate in 2010.
“I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family here at Heritage Elementary,” Mr. Dye said. “With the quality of our parents, students and staff, our success is inevitable!”
Vice Principal Alicia Perez
Alicia Perez has earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education with history and social studies specializations from Northern Arizona University. She is pursuing a master’s degree in education. The state of Arizona deems Ms. Perez as “highly qualified” in both elementary and secondary education. Over the last three years of teaching at Heritage Elementary, she has held a range of positions and responsibilities in multiple grade levels and areas.
As vice principal, Ms. Perez aspires to contribute to the educational environment in which Heritage Elementary helps students obtain character traits and life skills that create lifelong learners and productive citizens. The overall goal of Ms. Perez is to help create of a strong learning community between the faculty, staff, students, families and surrounding community.
Glendale 6805 N. 125th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85307 (623) 742-3956
Williams 790 E. Rodeo Road Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-3998