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5/11/2013 1:03:00 PM
Tamara Addis to step down as Mingus principal
Accepts post with Mesa's Dobson High School
Tamara Addis: “Over the past four years we have created school-wide curriculum maps, benchmark exams, a focus on excellent instruction, and accountability marks that demonstrate our dedication to providing our students with the best education we can offer at Mingus. In addition, we now have an on-line school, an expanded dual enrollment program, instructional coaches and still maintain a comprehensive high school.”
Tamara Addis: “Over the past four years we have created school-wide curriculum maps, benchmark exams, a focus on excellent instruction, and accountability marks that demonstrate our dedication to providing our students with the best education we can offer at Mingus. In addition, we now have an on-line school, an expanded dual enrollment program, instructional coaches and still maintain a comprehensive high school.”


Dan Engler
Editor


COTTONWOOD - The leadership transition continues for Mingus Union High School.

In late April, the Mingus Union School Board hired Dr. Paul Tighe to succeed retiring superintendent Tim Foist.

Now, one of Tighe's first jobs will be to select a new principal to replace Tamara Addis.

Addis announced this week that she will leave her Mingus post in June to become principal at Dobson High School in the Mesa Unified School District.

Addis became principal at Mingus in 2009 and described this transition as one of "personal sadness paired with professional excitement."

"I have experienced a wonderful and productive 13 years at Mingus beginning in the classroom as a math teacher and progressing up to proudly leading this very special school as the principal."

Addis described Mesa Dobson as a "very large version of Mingus." While Mingus has 1,200 students and 56 teachers, Dobson High School has 3,000 students and 138 teachers. Its 84-acre school site is the largest physical campus in Arizona.

Addis credited the mentorship of Foist for positioning herself to make this move. "Tim was able to take skills I had and did not know I had and refine and improve those skills. He also diminished the skills I had that were not effective."

Beyond that, Addis believes her love for the classroom is her greatest strength as an educator and education administrator.

"I've always said it all leads to students and I still miss the classroom," said Addis. "It's the teachers who have that daily impact with students and that is what is most important."

At Mingus, Addis was a regular presence in the classroom and it's a practice she plans to continue at Dobson.

"I am the teacher's teacher now," she said. "I go into the classroom all the time to observe, help, lead and guide teachers."

Addis believes she is leaving Mingus at one of the best times in the institution's history. "Over the past four years we have created school-wide curriculum maps, benchmark exams, a focus on excellent instruction, and accountability marks that demonstrate our dedication to providing our students with the best education we can offer at Mingus. In addition, we now have an on-line school, an expanded dual enrollment program, instructional coaches and still maintain a comprehensive high school."

She continued: "This spring, our sophomore reading scores show an increase of 6 percent with an aggregate increase of 11 percent overall. Math scores will be available next week and with an increase in math of just 1 percent we will be on track for an A school.

"Mingus Union High School is on track and sailing in the right direction."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: William Elms

I just hope Mingus Union can continue in a positive direction without Tim Foist and Tamara Addis. Being a person in business in Cottonwood, I have become acquainted with Mr. Foist as well as Ms. Addis. These 2 people are the reason Mingus Union High School is doing as well as they are. Let's just hope and pray that the next Superintendent has the leadership qualities that Mr. Foist has shown us and can hire a person as qualified as Ms. Addis for the next principle of Mingus Union High School....

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: Cathy oooooooooooo

Good riddance! Best thing that could happen to Mingus! Foist and Addis gone!

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

Tamara Addis just made a very wise move. Congratulations, Ms. Addis, and best wishes. Mingus will miss you, but your talents and commitment to quality education deserve broader scope and greater responsibilities.


Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Part Norwegian

Not surprised since Mingus changes administrations like people change pants. But I just hope Mingus will still be a highly performing school in a rural area as this verde valley. But I do believe that we need a principal that is community minded and believes in inspiring a community with ideas. I also hope that the new principal will be open minded. As a community it's important to know who is the schools people since its your kids education

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Gregory Aston

This would be a great opportunity to streamline the MUHS administration by combining the Principle & Superintendent positions.



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