Aaron Pettinato recommended as interim principal at Horseshoe Trails

Dr. Debbi Burdick, superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, recently announced she will recommend to the CCUSD Governing Board that Aaron Pettinato be named Horseshoe Trails Elementary School interim principal for the remainder of the school year.

Aaron Pettinato (Submitted photo)

Mr. Pettinato has been a CCUSD employee since 2006. He began his career as a student-teacher in a fourth/fifth grade combination classroom at HTES, according to a press release.

He was hired that year and taught fifth and sixth grades at HTES from 2006-16. He was named Dean of Students at Cactus Shadows High School in 2016.

“I am so proud and happy for him,” Janiene Marlow, director of human resources and HTES planning principal, said in a prepared statement. “You take Horseshoe Trails with you wherever you go.”

Mr. Pettinato has two Masters degrees, one in Elementary Education and a second in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the 2014-15 CCUSD Aspiring Administrators Academy.

He has been a coach, trainer and valued member of many site and district committees. He is among the first group of educators to travel to China to help launch the Chinese Immersion program at HTES.

He has received the District’s highest recognition as a recipient of the Helping Us Grow Award (H.U.G.) in 2010, a release states.

“Mr. Pettinato is a natural fit to lead HTES during this transition,” Dr. Burdick said in a prepared statement. “His energy and passion for the HTES Community is infectious. We look forward to his leadership for the Stallions.”

Mr. Pettinato grew up Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and came out west to study at ASU. He met and married Tiffany while teaching at HTES and they now have three children: Aubrey, Owen and Frankie.

HTES is an A+ School of Excellence offering its students Chinese (K-6), Chinese Immersion (grades K-4, expanding yearly) and horsemanship with Kachina’s Place.

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