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  • About the Principal - Nancy Branch

    Personal Mission Statement

    I desire to positively inspire others – children and adults alike – by sharing my heart, my gifts, and my own experiences with others.

    • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University 
    • Master of Arts in Supervision and Administration, University of Phoenix 
    • 11 years as a classroom teacher and one year as a teacher specialist
    • 18 years in administration 
    • 17 years as an elementary school principal
    • 28 years in the Kyrene School District
    • 30 total years in education
    Touching the lives of others while helping provide for the academic, social, and emotional needs of children is such an honor and gift.  It is a gift that brings me much joy and fulfillment. I love being a principal and I am honored to be the principal at Kyrene de la Mirada Leadership Academy!  My passion for children, teaching, and learning are among the strengths that I bring to the Mirada learning community. 
    I grew up in Arizona (Tucson) and have spent the past 29 years living in in the Phoenix Area.  I have four beautiful daughters, four wonderful sons-in-law, and fourteen adorable grandchildren. When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy being with my friends, reading, decorating, shopping, and traveling. The Tuscany region of Italy is my favorite vacation spot yet with the Rhine River region of Germany a very close second!   
    Mirada Leadership Academy is a caring place that touches the lives and hearts of others. It is a place dedicated to educating the whole child.  Our staff and community honor education and together we achieve excellence.  It is our belief that character + competence = excellence. Our mission and vision are built around this belief and we seek to live our mission and vision in everything we do. 
    Inspiring Academic Excellence while Celebrating Strengths, Developing Leaders, and Honoring Diversity 
    I am so proud to be lead our A+ School of Excellence.  Mirada Leadership Academy is also holds the honor of being a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. 
    The 2019-2020 school theme is Leading with Courage.  It is our hope that all of our children will have the courage to be vulnerable. Author Brené Brown says that “vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity." At Mirada Leadership Academy, we desire for all our students to feel love, joy, courage, empathy, creativity, and a sense of belonging.  Be here. Be you. Belong.

    Nancy Branch

    Mirada Leadership Academy Principal 

Last Modified on January 28, 2020