Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
Greetings! Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. David Dumon, the new superintendent of Altar Valley School District. Prior to this appointment, I served as director of federal projects and community outreach at Dysart Unified School District where I managed more than $4 million in federal funding for 10 schools. I was also responsible for the district's community education program which included before and after-school care, the district day care, facilities rental, elementary athletics, and enrichment programs.
To provide a very brief synopsis of my background, I began my career in 1995 as a social studies teacher at Alhambra School District in Phoenix. In 2000, I became an assistant principal at Surprise Elementary in Dysart Unified School District and became principal of Surprise Elementary, a school of about 900 students, in 2002. At the time I became principal, the school had an underperforming label, but achieved a Performing Plus label and was just two points from an “A” during my last years in that office.
I am both proud and humbled that some of my achievements during my career have been formally recognized such as being the recipient of the Arizona School Administrator, Distinguished Administrator Award – Elementary Division and honored as a finalist for the Rodel Exemplary Principal Award.
When I reflect on my career, I realize what I value most are the relationships I have forged with other educators, students, parents, and community members. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the AVSD community and forming new relationships and partnerships. I believe collaboration and strong relationships will serve as the foundation of success as we continue to develop solutions that will advance quality education for AVSD students. I welcome ideas, opinions, and suggestions from all stake holders as we work together toward our goals.
On a more personal note, although I was not born here I grew up in Arizona and consider myself “nearly native." I am a three-time graduate of ASU but fully acknowledge, accept, and embrace that I am now in Wildcat territory and shall behave accordingly. My wife Susan and I enjoy exploring Arizona, hiking, and walking our two Yorkies, Harley and Sasha. We are excited to be moving to the Old Pueblo and beginning this new chapter in our lives.
Dr. David Dumon
Dr. David Dumon, Superintendent