CCUSD names principals for next school year

Posted 5/13/21

Cave Creek Unified School District has announced the appointment of three new principals for the 2021-2022 school year.

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CCUSD names principals for next school year


Cave Creek Unified School District has announced the appointment of three new principals for the 2021-2022 school year.

Emily Ellis-Hill was named principal of the Lone Mountain Elementary School, Dr. JoAnn Roach as the Desert Willow Elementary School principal and Jill Sarriano named the Sonoran Trails Middle School principal, according to a press release. 

The CCUSD Governing Board approved Mrs. Ellis-Hill at the April 26 meeting and Dr. Roach and Mrs. Sarriano at the May 10 meeting.

Mrs. Emily Ellis-Hill is said to be “no stranger to Cave Creek,” after spending most of her career in the district. Her three boys all attend CCUSD schools, said the release

An educator for 20 years, she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University. Plus, earned master’s degrees in educational leadership and another in administration from Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.

For years, the release said she taught at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School where she served as an instructional coach, and was recently the assistant principal at Mountainview Elementary, a K-8 school in the Sunnyslope neighborhood in the Washington Elementary School District.

After spending a few years outside of the district, gaining administrative experience, she returns to CCUSD to serve as the Lone Mountain community as principal, shaping the STEM program, developing high-quality classrooms, and more to ensure the school’s success, the release said.

Dr. Roach, an educator for more than 21 years, earned her doctorate at Capella University in 2018, the release said, noting she is a fluent Spanish speaker, reader, and writer. A passion for second language learning, she has worked with students from preschool through eighth grade in various roles.

The bilingual education teacher, middle school behavior intervention specialist, and kindergarten through fifth grade instructional coach, has served the past four years as the assistant principal for Gateway Elementary School in the Creighton School District, the release said.

Dr. Roach and her husband have lived in the north Phoenix area for over 16 years. Her son is a nursing student at Northern Arizona University while her daughter is a business student in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the release said, adding she has two Rottweiler puppies she enjoys spending time with.

The Mountain View Elementary School principal, Mrs. Sarraino works in the Washington Elementary School District. A graduate of the University of South Dakota in 2000, she has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a middle school Language Arts focus, and earned her master’s degree in 2008 from Northern Arizona University in educational leadership.

The CCUSD teacher  even coached for 10 years before becoming assistant principal at Palo Verde Middle School in the Washington Elementary School District in 2008, the release said, adding after four years as assistant principal, she was promoted to principal of Palo Verde.

She spent six years as an administrator at Palo Verde. Married to Mike Sarraino, former CSHS school counselor, her son Joey is a 10th grader at Cactus Shadows and daughter Ellie is an eighth grader at STMS, according to the release.