Principal - Ms. MeLisa Thalacker


Principal MeLisa Thalacker

I joined the Academy of Math and Science family in January 2019 working as an Assistant Principal at the Desert Sky campus. It was a true pleasure to work with the Desert Sky community, enabling me to embrace the AMS culture and provide necessary support for our new Glendale campus.


In 2001, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from Arizona State University; I earned my Master of Education in Leadership Degree in 2010 from Northern Arizona University (both Summa Cum Laude). Being highly qualified, I established my Teaching and Principal Certification from Arizona Department of Education with a Structured English Immersion endorsement (valid through 2030).

During my 17 years in the Peoria Unified School District, I spent over a decade teaching and seven years as an instructional coach. The bulk of my teaching experiences were in 6th grade (Writing, Math, and Science). However, I have also taught 3rd grade (all content) and 8th grade Algebra. My role as an instructional coach in PUSD provided me with the necessary leadership experience to strategically make positive changes and impact student learning.


I have ample experience with curriculum and assessment writing, at both district and state levels.  I pride myself in my ability to focus on school improvement having the capacity to support district and school administrators with the implementation of initiatives that foster academic and behavioral shifts.

Having lived in Glendale since 2004, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community that I reside. I am looking forward to working with all Stakeholders and supporting my Academy of Math and Science family as we aim to empower our communities and grow together as a school family!


Assistant Principal - Gustavo Baptista



Assistant Principal - Stephenie Jenkins



Dean of Students -  Karla Espinoza


Instructional Coach - Jessica Bradley


Instructional Coach - Jenna Ortega




*A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request at school grounds.