Eliseo C. Felix School new administration Marisol Molina Samantha Bartlett

Marisol Molina, left, and Samantha Bartlett will be co-principals at Eliseo C. Felix School.

Avondale Elementary School District is proud to introduce its new administration team for Eliseo C. Felix School, effective for the 2019-20 school year.

The school will be managed by two co-principals who share over 30 years of expertise in education.

Marisol Molina was previously the dean of students at Eliseo for three years. She also served as the interim principal at the school. Molina has dedicated 19 years in education as a teacher, mentor, instructional coach and administrator.

She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in school leadership and administration from Capella University.

“This new leadership model is new and unique for our district, but I truly believe that having two administrators will provide our students, parents and staff immediate support when needed,” Molina said.

Joining Molina as principal is Samantha Bartlett, new to the Avondale district. Bartlett has served 14 years in public schools in Arizona as a middle school teacher, achievement specialist and assistant principal.

Bartlett has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a second master’s degree in administration and supervision — both from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working on attaining a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University.

“In my new role, I am committed to putting students first and ensuring their academic, social and emotional well-being in order to prepare them for their futures,” Bartlett said.

“We are proud to offer this innovative approach to school leadership. AESD strongly believes in collaboration and distributive leadership and has seen tremendous growth in student achievement over the past four years,” Superintendent Dr. Betsy Hargrove said.

Applying this approach to the leadership model is a natural next step to growing and developing a collaborative community aimed at student success.

“We are confident in this model and know Ms. Molina and Ms. Bartlett have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide outstanding leadership,” Hargrove added.