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Bryan Cunningham

Bryan Cunningham

Desert Shadows Elementary School

Greetings Desert Shadows Elementary Families,

It is an honor and privilege to be going into another year as a part of this amazing community and working with our fabulous PTA and families to bring memorable experiences to Desert Shadows!

I'm originally from the suburbs of Chicago and my wife, Emily, is also an educator in PVUSD. We have two beautiful two year old twin girls, Hazel and Grace. I have worked at PVUSD, for a few years, previously working at Palomino Primary School and Liberty Elementary School. I’ve also worked in the Balsz School District in Phoenix and the Pinon Unified School District within the Navajo Nation. I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Indiana University and my Master’s in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. Furthermore, I’m a National Board Certified Teacher which drives my philosophy of providing collaborative and purposeful instruction that meets the needs of each individual child. There’s nothing I enjoy more than walking into our classrooms and seeing students engaged and learning in a safe and positive environment created by our wonderful Desert Shadows staff.

The Desert Shadows staff and I continue to work hard to expand our implementation of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) focus with an emphasis on Project Based Learning through collaborative, engaging, and rigorous instruction within our classrooms. We also continue to be a leader in the state with our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, with our award winning JAWS program emphasizing Just Be Nice, Act Responsibly, Wise Choices, Safety First. All of this ensures that we create a welcoming environment that focuses on the whole child and provides students with real-world experiences to help cultivate world-class thinkers.

You continue to have my commitment in always doing what is best for children, and I’m looking forward to another JAWSome year here at Desert Shadows Elementary School!

Bryan Cunningham, M. Ed., NBCT