Mrs. Arbo


I am very excited to be a member of the Emerson Community!  Emerson is a community strengthened by it's rich diversity and long-standing traditions.  I am very proud that one tradition has always been a strong partnership between parents, community and staff.  The 2014-2015 school year marked 60 years of academic excellence for students at Emerson.  Being one of the oldest institutions in Mesa provides us with a deep sense of pride and purpose.  I am especially proud that I get to serve as the principal of Emerson since my roots in this community run very deep.  When Emerson was constructed, many decades ago, my grandfather was part of the construction crew.  He actually installed the plumbing at Emerson.

As an educator, I believe that our commitment to our 21st century learners is to empower them with a passion for knowledge, the perseverance to realize their maximum potential, and the courage to dream as they continue to carry our community into setting the standard for excellence.

What starts here, changes a community!

I am proud to say that I am a product of Mesa Schools.  I attended a Mesa School from kindergarten through my graduation from Mountain View High School.  I have over 20 years of professional experience in Mesa Public schools.  Prior to being the principal of Emerson, I've been a teacher, a language/writing coach, a Title 1 Specialist/Adminsitrative Intern at Emerson Elementary, and the assistant principal at Summit Academy.  I acquired my Masters in Educational Leadership through the iLeadAZ program.  iLeadAZ is a scholarship program at Arizona State University that offers the opportunity of a year-long principal internship.  Go DEVILS!

I enjoy spending my free time with my family.  My husband, Todd, is a teacher in Mesa and we have two incredible teenage daughters.  Our girls are both Mesa students, Go WARRIORS!, who enjoy shopping, reading, taking care of their goats, and watching old movies with me.   I also have a large extended family to keep me busy with lots of nieces and nephews.  We enjoy vacationing on the beach together and our weekly Sunday dinners.

It is wonderful to be a member of the Emerson team.  I look forward to working with our students, parents and teachers.  

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