PRINCIPAL

Deanna Potter 
x2005 / C-216

This is my 16th year in the Florence Unified School District.  Prior to being the Assistant Principal here at Florence K-8, I was the Assistant Principal at Skyline K-8, the Master Teacher and math teacher at Florence High School and a teacher at Walker Butte.  I love being part of the Gopher team.  My family lives nearby and my two boys come to school here at FK8 also.  I look forward to helping the students and staff continue to grow and achieve greatness.

ASSISTANT PRINICPAL

Art Moncibaez 
x2006 / C-116

This is my 26th year in education and my 2nd year in the Florence Unified School District. I earned a B.A in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 1992, a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 1997, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with distinction from Northern Arizona University in 2000. I also have endorsements in Early Childhood, Birth-Age 8 and English as a Second Language, K-12. 

I started my educational career as a teacher for 10 years in Cottonwood and Apache Junction in Arizona. Then I moved on to the Coolidge Unified School District where I was an Assistant Principal for 6 years and then promoted to a Principal position for 3 years.  I moved to the Florence Unified School District last year and was an Assistant Principal at Copper Basin. For this upcoming 2017-2018 school year, I will be the Assistant Principal at Florence K-8.

I have worked hard during my career and have learned a lot through my different positions in education. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience throughout this time. I have been through many leadership training's that have helped me grow as a school leader. I use my knowledge and training towards making a difference in education.  I look forward to working with the families, staff, and students of Florence K-8 to move the school forward and in the process becoming a part of the Gopher family. 

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH


Monica Ramirez
x6418 / C-115
Monica Ramirez is a native of Florence, and graduated from Florence High School in 2001.  In 2011, she joined the FUSD family as a high school English teacher, while also teaching and coaching Dance and Pom.  In her second year of teaching, she was awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year for Florence High School.  In 2016, she was hired as the Instructional Coach for Florence K-8.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Administration, both obtained from Grand Canyon University. She also obtained a Principal’s Certificate through the Arizona Department of Education in 2017.  As an educator, Monica believes in the importance of a growth mindset.  She believes with the proper encouragement and guidance, all students can and will achieve success.  Monica has 4 sons named Gabriel, Adrian, Noah and Jude.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, swimming, and attending sporting events for her children.