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Emma Ortiz

Emma Ortiz

Emma Ortiz is the Principal of Cactus View Elementary School. She is invested in creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere that helps students grow both academically and personally. She prioritizes cultivating a supportive and inclusive learning environment, nurturing strong relationships with staff, students, and the community through open communication and collaborative teamwork, ultimately driving student success.

Her ability to speak Spanish has been valuable in communicating with families and supporting students who may not speak English as their primary language. Her bilingual background has also allowed her to work effectively with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Emma has worked in education since 2001. Before becoming a principal, she taught 4th through 9th grade in PVSchools and other districts as a lead teacher, Bilingual/SEI Co-teacher, ELL teacher, Spanish teacher, teacher leader/mentor, and PBIS specialist. In 2015-2016, She received the Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding teaching from Evanston's Latino Resources Community Organization. 

When returning to Arizona, she participated in the Administrative Intern Management Program (AIM) through PVSchools, where she completed her internship at Sandpiper Elementary. She continued her leadership in another district, taking the interim principal position for a K-8 school prior to returning to PVSchools and taking the principal position at Sunset Canyon. Her hard work and leadership landed her the principal position at Cactus View.

Ms. Ortiz graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. During her time in PVSchools, she earned a master's in Bilingual/Multicultural Education with an English as a second language emphasis from Northern Arizona University. In 2011, she received another master’s degree in School Leadership from Concordia University.