principal picture Mr. Alex Macdonald  Contact Qr Code

Phone: 480-472-5277                    Email- ajmacdonald@mpsaz.org

Welcome Back Eagles!!!

 

mr mac gcu picEdison Elementary Principal Alex Macdonald was surprised Oct. 19 when presented with the award for K12 Educational Development STEM Principal of the Month from Grand Canyon University. Macdonald's students and colleagues took part in the on-campus celebration.

I am proud that 2 of our former Deans and 1 of our former Title One Specialists are now Principals in Mesa Public Schools.  Susan Jenni is the Principal at Washington Elementary near Dobson Ranch and Jenn Field is the Principal at Sirrine Elementary in Chandler.  Stephanie Wilkins-Johnson is now the new principal at Robson Elementary in Mesa.  All three were great to work with and will be amazing leaders in MPS for years to come.

Also, Jaime Clemens, longtime Edison Counselor was named AZ Counselor of the Year for her work with families and leadership in the district.  She is amazing working with families and has helped so many prepare for the challenges of being a school counselor.


My Name is Alex Macdonald and I am the Principal at Edison Elementary, Home of the Eagles.  I am fortunate to have such a great school to work at each day and I look forward to getting to know your family and what makes your student unique. We have a great staff that sets high expectations for the ABC's of academics, behavior and citizenship.  I would encourage you to be involved in your community and particularly in our school.  Our PTO works very hard to host fun events and we hope you will join us at our concerts and curriculum events during the year.

My wife and I have 4 boys.  They are a lot of fun and keep us busy.  My dream is to visit every MLB park one summer and watch baseball in each one.  I am a big D-Backs and ASU sports fan. 


“We do not stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.”—Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picaso thinking.     Mr. Rogers from Mr. Rogers neighborhood

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. - Fred Rogers 

I grew up in Mesa and attended Edison as my elementary school.  We were the Edison Demons back then and had ASU colors for our school.  It feels good to be home.  I had great experiences in Mesa with supportive teachers and a strong level of parent support.  I am happy to see that after all these years, Edison still has this kind of community that supports the school and the students.

I have been a Principal for 14 years in Mesa.  My first three years were at Crismon Elementary in west Mesa and I am now in my eleventh year at Edison.  Prior to that, I worked as an assistant administrator at Holmes and Lincoln Elementary schools.  During my time in the classroom, I taught grades 3-6.  While each job has its challenges and benefits, I really enjoy being a principal. Kids are the best to work with and they make each day challenging and fun.

I have been fortunate to learn a great deal with this position.  With COVID changes to our school, this summer has been working to improve digital learning for our community.  Our 4th quarter was not great for everyone with the sudden school closure and limited contact.  We missed our kiddos.

I am currently in two programs for my own professional learning. I am currently attending the Hispanic Leadership Institute- East Valley.  We travel around Mesa for our sessions to see what services and opportunities exist for our families that can benefit them.  We will conclude our classes in late April 2018.  The second program in from Learning Forward (LLLS) that provides a leadership skills focus for school leaders.  We have developed a problem of practice to work on with our school staff and are now working on feedback cycles to make us more effective in helping develop our teaching staff.

In 2014, I had the opportunity to work with a program for school improvement called "Beat the Odds".  This program is sponsored for MPS by Boeing and was established in 2007 by Arizona State University President Emeritus Lattie Coor under the Center for the Future of Arizona.  Beat the Odds provides principals with individual mentoring, ongoing training and support in applying research-based principles that have been found to provide exceptional academic performance in schools with high-minority, low-income student populations. These sessions brought together a couple dozen school administrators from across the state to share ideas and training for school improvement.  It is a great resource for us to grow in our leadership skills.  Edison earned its Bronze status in 2013 and a Silver status in 2014 from Beat the Odds.

If you see me on campus, introduce yourself. It will take me little while to learn your name and face, but I hope to learn about you and your family as well this year.  If you ever have a question, complaint or suggestion, please feel free to contact us.  It is our privilege to get to work with your children each day and thanks for all you do to keep our school a great place to learn.

Mr. Macdonald

 


 Crismon - 2008-09picture of principal Alex Macdonald LLLS  2016-2019.  Learning Forward project
beat the odds silver award Beat the Odds -2014 HL-EVI - 2018. Hispanic Leadership Insititute
 GCU Award Day- Oct 2018   picture above