• Meet the Administration

  • Garth

    Meet the Principal

    Welcome to Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School, an A+ School of Excellence!  We are excited for another amazing school year.  I am excited to join Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School this year as Principal.  This will be my 15th year serving the Kyrene community as an educator.  Most recently, I served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School.  I look forward to getting to working with you as a partner to help your child thrive!

    The Monte Vista vision is for all students to courageously thrive in life.  Our mission is for every child to own and achieve their individual excellence through the power of meaningful learning.  Our amazing staff is dedicated to each and every one of our children achieving this mission!

    Kyrene Monte Vista provides many opportunities for you to become involved in your child’s educational journey.  We welcome and invite you to join us as a school volunteer and PTO member.  Together, we can ensure that our children have the absolute best educational experience.  We hope that you stay connected to your child’s progress through ParentVUE and keep informed through our website and Facebook.

    I look forward to an amazing school year! 


    Garth Cupp, Ed.D | Principal 
    Monte Vista Elementary School
    Kyrene School District
    P: (480) 541- 4400 | E: gcupp@kyrene.org
    15221 S. Ray Road, Phoenix, AZ 85048

  • Ryan James

    Meet the Assistant Principal

    My name is Ryan James, and I am very excited to serve as the Assistant Principal at Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School. As a 3rd generation educator in my family, my passion in education is quite possibly hereditary. My grandmother, who was a special education elementary school teacher, tells stories about my brother, two sisters, and me “playing school” as young children, taking turns teaching each other. This never stopped: In high school my Spanish teacher let me teach our Spanish class. This prepared me to spend a summer teaching community-health initiatives in a rural town in the Dominican Republic. From an early age, I gained an understanding of teaching and leadership.

    Throughout college I worked as an AVID tutor in the Tempe Elementary School District, and I also was a program coordinator for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates at Marcos de Niza High School. I then graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in secondary English education and taught middle school reading and writing at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School and Kyrene Middle School. At KMS, I served for several years as the English Language Arts Department Chair and participated in a wide range of school-wide leadership initiatives.

    I then got my Master in Educational Leadership and Principalship from Arizona State University and had the valuable opportunity to serve as the assistant principal at Kyrene de los Lagos Dual Language Academy – one of Kyrene’s English-Spanish dual language programs. At Lagos, I was able to utilize my Spanish fluency to help assist students in their own personal journeys in bilingualism and biliteracy. I then was the assistant principal at Altadena Middle School and Kyrene Traditional Academy. Now, I am very excited to join and support the Monte Vista family!
    Ryan James | Assistant Principal 
    Monte Vista Elementary School
    Kyrene School District
    P: (480) 541- 4400 | E: rjames@kyrene.org
    15221 S. Ray Road, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Last Modified on August 19, 2021