Ironwood's Administrative Team

Principal Vance Setka

  • I am the Principal here at Ironwood High School.  I was born in Phoenix and was raised in Glendale, AZ.  I graduated from our neighboring district’s Apollo High School.  Growing up I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher and a coach.  My grandfather was a teacher and from a young age, he really inspired my love of education.  I attended NAU and received my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and my Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  I taught at Centennial High School for 10 years and was the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Sunrise Mountain High School for 3 years before coming to Ironwood in 2007.  I think our motto “It’s Just Better Here” really epitomizes the feeling of what it’s like to be a part of Ironwood.  Our outstanding students, staff, and community make it great to be an Ironwood Eagle! #IJBH    

Academics - Russ Dunham

  • I am the Assistant Principal in charge of Academics here at Ironwood High School.  I am also the administrator for the Freshman class.  I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  I graduated from the University of Arizona (Bear Down) with a degree in Secondary Education/History.  I always wanted to teach and coach.  Before coming to Ironwood in 2011, I taught History, coached soccer, and was a Student Advisor at Centennial High School.  I am very glad to be here at Ironwood and feel extremely fortunate to be working with our incredible students, parents, and staff.  Go Eagles!

Activities - Susan Schmit

  • I am the Assistant Principal in charge of Activities here at Ironwood High School.  I am also the administrator for the Sophomore class.  I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher.  A native of Arizona, I grew up in the Glendale/Peoria area and graduated from Peoria High School.  I received my Bachelors in Secondary Education/Social Studies from NAU and my Masters in Educational Leadership from ASU.  I taught American Government and Student Government for 21 years right here at Ironwood High School.  About 20 years into my teaching career, I decided that Administration would be a great direction for me.  I was an Assistant Principal at Liberty High School for 6 years before returning to Ironwood in 2014.  I absolutely love Ironwood!  It is an amazing place to be because of our phenomenal students, our exceptional staff, and our supportive community.  Ironwood is “home” to me. 

Athletics - Mark Borkowski

  • I am the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director here at Ironwood High School.  I am also the administrator for the Junior and Senior classes.  I graduated from ASU and got my Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.  I taught and coached at Alhambra High School and Peoria High School before going into Administration in 1990.  Since 2000, I have worked as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director here at Ironwood.  My main motivation for choosing a career in education was the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.  Ironwood is a wonderful place to work and has, since its inception, maintained a “family” atmosphere where the staff takes care of the students and each other.  It has always been our priority to give our students the best education possible and to create and cultivate an exceptional learning environment.  I am proud to be a member of the Ironwood family. 

From Left: Russ Dunham, Susan Schmit, Vance Setka, Mark Borkowski


  • Vance Setka





    Russ Dunham

    Assistant Principal - Academics




    Susan Schmit

    Assistant Principal - Activities




    Mark Borkowski

    Assistant Principal - Athletics