Principal - Ms. Ashley Kane



Principal Kane

Ashley Kane was born in Indiana and was raised in the beautiful hills of Brown County. In Indiana, her grandmother, the author, inspired her to take her love of reading and learning further to make it into a lifelong passion. After growing up in the country, she knew she wanted to trade in the hills for the lights of the city leading her to southern Indiana.


At the University of Southern Indiana, she received a dual degree in Elementary Education and French as well as a passion for teaching diverse students.  She moved to Phoenix after joining Teach for America to continue her love of teaching in the desert.  While in Phoenix, Mrs. Kane attended Arizona State University and received a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on supporting bilingual students.


After many years in Phoenix, Mrs. Kane returned to Indiana and led in the public school system while completing an additional Masters from Columbia University in New York City in Educational Leadership and Administration.  Finally, the call of the desert, the culture of the west, and the heat from the valley of the sun are all bringing Mrs. Kane back to now serve as your Principal.


Mrs. Kane believes in an equal opportunity for all to learn, explore, and grow not only as a scholar but also as a citizen. Without supportive environments, our students will be unable to flourish; therefore, my role as your principal, is to ensure we build and sustain an environment where your student can challenge the status quo and lead by example.


Assistant Principal - Ms. Katlin Hewson



Katlin Hewson

Katlin Hewson received her Master's of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Central Michigan University. Prior to that she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in English as a second language and Spanish at Central Michigan University. During Ms. Hewson's educational career she taught grades ranging from kindergarten to higher education. Last year she was the K-2 Instructional Coach at AMS Glendale. Ms. Hewson believes that all children are capable of success and is looking forward to building relationships with families at AMS Glendale in her new role as Assistant Principal.   



Assistant Principal - Ms. Monique Martinez





Ms. Martinez has a combined twenty years of experience both in school administration and in the classroom. Ms. Martinez has taught adult ESL classes at Rio Salado Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education and a Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She is currently a graduate student at Grand Canyon University working toward her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Ms. Martinez is committed to excellence, has a passion for teaching and learning, and the ability to lead with integrity and honesty.


Ms. Martinez enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her four children and grand-fur babies. She is an avid runner and currently training to race in her 16th half-marathon.



Assistant Principal of Operations - Mr. Timothy Thompson




Timothy Thompson Assistant Principal of Operations

Despite being born in rural Missouri, Timothy Thompson was raised in Phoenix and claims the Grand Canyon State as his home. After graduating from North Canyon High School, he went to college and earned a bachelor’s in communications. However, after a brief stint as a marketing director for a computer software company, he realized he wanted to make a bigger impact and difference in life. A local charter school hired him to teach 5th grade and he immediately found his passion and joy. He went back to school to earn his teaching certificate, and eventually, a Master’s in Educational Leadership. He taught throughout the Cartwright School District for 7 years before he moved to the Dakotas, on the Sioux Reservation. While in the Dakotas, he served as a high school teacher and secondary principal for 8 years.

After 15 years in education, he ventured into the hospitality world where he managed hotels in California and Arizona. He eventually was hired by a hotel brand to manage their training department. His team of trainers were responsible for training the brand's 613 hotel managers, district managers, and regional vice presidents. He worked for the brand for a total of 3 years before deciding to come back home to Phoenix and jump back into the world he loves, education.




Dean of Students - Mr. Carlos Caballero



Carlos Caballero - AMS Glendale

Mr. Caballero has been in education since 2017. Mr. Caballero has taught physical education and currently the Dean of Students. He is a 12 year Army veteran and holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Security Studies. Mr. Caballero is committed to supporting the leaders of tomorrow through discipline and mentorship.


Mr. Caballero enjoys modifying cars, living a healthy lifestyle and spending time with family.





Instructional Coach - Ms. Erika James




Erika James

I’m Erika James and I am originally from Shreveport, LA. I am ecstatic to move Phoenix and join the Nighthawk community. Prior to moving to Phoenix, I was a High school English teacher in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. I have served in various mentoring and leadership roles over my career. I am passionate about helping teachers integrate technology in classrooms to enhance the learning experience. I also believe in creating a positive school culture and culturally responsive/sustaining community for students. I look forward to serving as the middle school instructional coach this year. 




A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request. Please contact the school directly.