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Kenneth deLoera Named PTES Principal for 2023-2024 School Year
"My goals for PTES are really to build on the success they have had in the past," said deLoera. "They are one of 2 "B" schools in the district and I would love to see them earn an "A" label. I know that is a lot of work but they are a great staff and the kids can do it."
While deLoera is looking forward to his new school, he had high praise for the students and his colleagues at CCJH.
"I have really enjoyed my time at CCJH and I know the kids and staff are amazing," deLoera said. "They all work so hard and are committed to the community, I feel like they do not get enough appreciation for the work they do. That being said, I am excited to start at PTES. I have always felt that the foundations of a quality K-12 education start at the elementary level and I want to be a part of that foundational learning for students."
PTES' new principal is an advocate of education. He mentioned his parents immigrated from Mexico and their education did not extend beyond the sixth grade.
"That is why I value education so much and understand how important it is," said deLoera who is the first person in his family to earn a college degree. "My parents worked hard and showed me what discipline and determination looks like."
However, it is not all work and no play for deLoera. The administrator said he enjoys hiking and biking, as well as watching movies. He confesses he is an avid baseball fan and if his new office is decorated in the same manner as his old one at CCJH, folks can easily determine which are his favorite teams.
One fun fact is deLoera grew up in California and as a child his neighbor was singer Kenny Loggins. Whether he is living the lyrics of Loggins "I'm alright" or "Celebrate Me Home", deLoera is ready for his new leadership position in the Apache Junction Unified School District.
Located in beautiful Gold Canyon, AZ, Peralta Trail Elementary students and staff enjoy year-round desert splendor the moment they set foot on campus. The bobcat is the school's mascot and the Bobcat Pledge, GROWL (grow, respect, overcome, work and lead) helps students and staff stay focused on what's important in school and in life.
Enrollment is currently being accepted at all AJUSD schools. For more information visit www.ajusd.org or call 480-982-1110.
Sally Ann Marks