Article: Tanque Verde High School advances innovation to support students with the announcement of new member of the leadership team

Tanque Verde High School advances innovation to support students with the announcement of new member of the leadership team

Tanque Verde Unified School District is excited to announce a new member of the high school administrative team. 

 Joe Bacalia headshotJoel Bacalia

Thanks to funding from A for Arizona, Tanque Verde High School welcomes Mr. Joel Bacalia to take the reins as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. In his new role, Mr. Bacalia will work to support the program growth and enhancement including the new University of Arizona Honors College partnership, as well as to assist in the rollout of the new Academies at Tanque Verde HS. Mr. Bacalia has dedicated the past 18 years of his life to serving people of all ages through education.  He taught English in Mexico, Spanish in Tucson, led 7+ years as assistant principal at Pueblo and University High Schools, and has served this year as the principal at University School.  Joel is a doctoral student, husband, father, and educational leader that loves people and loves to smile! Tanque Verde High School Principal Dr. Amy Cislak says, "Mr. Bacalia is a curriculum and instruction guru and is excellent at implementing new academic programs as well as supporting outstanding instructional practices. His background in schools is diverse, and he builds outstanding relationships with teachers and students.”


 Gary Lewis

Mr. Bacalia joins Mr. Gary Lewis, who, in his two years as the Tanque Verde High School Assistant Principal of Athletics, has brought in powerhouse hires such as Coaches of the Year Adam Shingler (Girls Volleyball) and Jay Dobyns (Football). A local athletic legend in his own right, Mr. Lewis was a standout basketball player at Tucson’s Sahuaro HS before playing Division I basketball at Texas A&M and completing his player career professionally in France.  He served as a long-time boys basketball coach at powerhouses such as Catalina Foothills HS and Tucson High, before joining the Tanque Verde High School team. "Mr. Lewis' legacy as an athlete, coach, and educator speaks for itself. He values positive and outstanding relationships with students to ensure that excellence is supported in all of our curricular and athletic programs.  His keen ability to see and foster talent is an invaluable asset for our students and coaches on our campus," says Cislak.

Dr. Cislak - "Tanque Verde High School is an exceptional place full of amazing educators and outstanding students. We are excited to provide this additional support to our new and returning faculty and staff so that we can continue to be one of the top comprehensive high schools in the state of Arizona."

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