Hello Kachina Families!
My name is Stephen Balliet, and I am honored to serve as principal of Kachina Elementary. I am a product of this great school district as I attended Paseo Verde Elementary before graduating from Centennial High School. It has always been my mission to give back to the district and community that not only raised me but provided educational opportunities for me to learn and grow. I have now been an employee of the district for 15 years. In the first seven years with PUSD I was an English teacher at Cactus HS. I then spent four years as an assistant principal at both Oasis and Foothills Elementary. For the last three years, I have been the principal at Sun Valley Elementary school. I am excited to get my first year underway here at Kachina.
As your principal, it is my responsiblity to motivate, encourage and support each staff member as we pursue excellence and strive to build life-long , civically minded learners who are prepared academically, socially, and emotionally to meet the demands of the 21st century. I believe all students are capable of achieving at the highest level and we, as educators, must empower students to reach their fullest potential. I appreciate the support of all stakeholders and understand it takes a collaborative effort to ensure that we meet the needs of each child daily. As principal of Kachina elementary, I will work to build meaningful relationships with students, staff and our school community as we work collectively to achieve our educational goals.
In my personal life, I am married with two children, both daughers who are members of this school district as well. I look forward to working with all of our teachers, parents, students and staff to make Kachina a school the community can be proud of. GO Cougars!