Principal Christy Cuddypicture   

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I am incredibly honored and excited to be the principal here at Highland Arts Elementary School!

I feel like I’m coming home here at Highland Arts because I have always had a great appreciation for the Arts, especially in music.  I often tell people that had it not been for my experiences in Music, that I would not be where I am today.  I started playing the trumpet at a young age and that dear love that I had for music gave me a reason to go to school every day and to continue to try my best, even-though I was not the greatest of students academically.  It also led to some of the most memorable experiences that have happened in my life!

I am a California native that moved here to Arizona to attend Arizona State University after serving six years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electrician on F-14 Tomcat fighter jets during the Gulf War.

After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from ASU, my career began as a Kindergarten teacher in the Tempe Elementary School District where I taught K-5 for eleven years.  I went-on to earn my first Master’s degree in Language and Literacy and became a Reading Interventionist and an  Instructional Coach for teachers for three years in the Tempe Elementary School District.  That is where my interest in Educational leadership began, so I went on to earn my second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through Northern Arizona University and started my Administrative career as  a Teacher on Special Assignment  at a Middle School in Tempe and then was  the Assistant Principal at a K-8 school in the Balsz School District in Phoenix for three years.

As you can see, I have had many wonderful opportunities and experiences that have led up to who I am now.

As the proud principal of Highland Arts Elementary School, I am extremely excited to continue the progress we've made as an Arts Integration school incorporating Aesthetic Education.  I attended the Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum Aesthetic Education Immersion program in New York City with six of our teachers last July. This experience absolutely motivated and inspired me to lead, inspire, educate, learn, and partner with our staff, students, parents, and community in a way that moves our school forward in becoming a beacon and an example for Integrative Arts Education that achieves absolute success and sets the standard for excellence in our community, our city, and our state.


Christy Cuddy

Highland Arts' Principal