• Dear Coronado Parents and Community Members,

    It is my pleasure to join the Coronado community as the Interim Principal. I am honored to have this unique opportunity to return to a profession that I love!

    Here at Coronado we have high expectations for all students, and we build in the support to help students attain high levels of achievement. We strive to help students develop a full range of academic and social skills through our relevant curriculum and character-building programs. Teachers in every grade level provide differentiated instruction for students. Importantly, students at Coronado have the opportunity to receive accelerated instruction in both Math and English Language Arts starting in 3rd grade.

    One of our primary goals here at Coronado is to prepare students to be successful leaders in a global society. Coronado’s Mandarin language program is one example of how we accomplish that goal. There is nothing that compares to the experience of walking into a classroom and hearing 1st or 2nd graders participating in a lesson in Mandarin! Among the proven benefits of acquiring a second language are greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills.

    At Coronado, learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day! Extracurricular opportunities include Wushu martial arts, Chinese dance, Chess, Cheerleading, Choir, and VEX Robotics, to name a few. In addition, we have Kids Club on our campus. Kids Club is an out of school time program that offers a variety of activities including organized indoor and outdoor games, developmental centers, arts and crafts, and study/homework time. Afternoon snacks are provided at no additional cost.

    In joining Coronado Elementary, I bring with me 34 years of experience in education. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and spent the next 21 years in the Mesa Public School District as an elementary educator. I loved my time spent in the classroom, but decided to pursue an administrative degree as well. I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from NAU in 2002 and left the classroom in 2005 to become an administrator. I spent my final nine years in Mesa as the principal of Patterson Elementary. After retiring in 2016 and taking a brief hiatus, I rejoined NAU, this time as an instructor. I have spent the last two years working with university students completing practicum and student teaching experiences.

    I look forward to working with students, parents, and staff to ensure that we meet our goal of providing students with a rich and rewarding school experience. Please feel free to contact me at any time at maxine.sullivan@husd.org, or by calling the school office at 480.279.6900.

    Maxine Sullivan
    Interim Principal
    Coronado Elementary School