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Valley of the Sun is seeking additional board members.  Nominations are being accepted for the 2020-2022 term.  LEARN MORE HERE

Our Strategic Plan

High-Performing Inclusive Organization Statement

The Valley of the Sun GOVERNING BOARD

claire2HONORARY CHAIR Claire Schonaerts Ph.D. taught 35 years in the PreK-12 school setting and served in the area of school administration before teaching in higher education.  Claire is an associate clinical professor at Northern Arizona University supporting pre-service teachers in knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions.  Claire is a contributing author of the Sage Guide to Educational Leadership and Management and Social Justice Instruction (Springer Publication). She recently presented at the International Conference of Education and New Developments (June 2016) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


CHAIR Mary Ann Biermeier M.Ed. is Director of Professional Development and the INSPIRE Early Childhood Leadership Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, a NAEYC accredited learning community. Mary Ann brings her passion for technology and teaching with over 19 years as an early childhood educator and 20 years in software design and development. She is also an academic teaching associate with ASU’s Fulton Teachers College, former Board Chair for Communities in Schools of Arizona and All Star Kids Tutoring, supporting children at risk. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach she reminds us, all children learn deeply through highly social, playful environments.

SECRETARY Gayle Green has been instrumental in helping her school gain accreditation and re-accreditation. Having experience with physical and digital documentation for this process, she brings her talents as a source of support for programs seeking accreditation.


MEMBER At LARGE –  Lisa Cobb is the Regional Coordinator for AZ PBS a division of ASU. She administrators of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and First Things First College scholarships.  She has over 30 years in the field of early care and education. Former administrator, consultant and state director for First Children’s Finance.   She is a Global Leader for Early Childhood representing the U.S. with the Child Care Information Exchange Magazine represented at the World forum on Early Care and Education.

MEMBER At LARGE – Debra Peil is the West Valley Regional Manager, Great Hearts, Co-Curricular Athenaeum. Debra has over 30 years experience in Early Childhood providing ECE leadership as a Regional VP, District Manager, Center Director, and Quality Educational Specialist with Children’s World Learning Centers. Debra has managed an accredited a NAEYC center, as well as, mentored Directors in the accreditation process in various states. During her ECE experience, Debra has been a NAEYC validator, and a presenter at NAEYC conferences in Atlanta, Anaheim, and Toronto, Canada.