Robert Dawson is the Principal of Sonoran Sky Elementary School in the Paradise Valley School District
This Q/A is edited for brevity and clarity
Q: We know there is no one way to become a principal. How did you get to where you are now?
A: Hard work and a desire to lead a school and see it grow.
Q: What is most rewarding about your work as a principal?
A: Working with students and their families to create a positive and successful educational environment.
Q: Being an A+ School of Excellence™ school means your school has an environment of inclusivity, opportunity, and uniqueness. If you could choose one thing that sets your school apart from others, what would it be?
A: Individualized attention for our students and meeting where they are in their educational journey.
Q: What inspired you to apply for the A+ School of Excellence™ Program?
A: Supportive community and the desire to highlight the great things we do at our school.
Q: What have you learned about your school since receiving the A+ award?
A: We enjoy positive support from our entire community, beyond the families that attend our school.
Q: With the summer comes a break from students but not a break from work. What are your goals for this summer break?
A: Rest, time with my kids, and rejuvenation.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the fall semester?
A: Seeing our student again.
Q: Any advice or wisdom for other principals in Arizona?
A: This is a people job. Enjoy the relationships you form and embrace impact that you have on the families at your school.