Larry McGill, Jr., School Leader
Larry McGill, Jr., a Phoenix resident, is the school leader of South Pointe High School in South-Central Phoenix, a tuition-free Leona Group public charter school. Mr. McGill has served as school leader since South Pointe’s inception in 2003. Prior to assuming the role of school leader at South Pointe, Mr. McGill served as the school leader for three years at Leona's Desert Hills High School located in Gilbert, Arizona. Before that, he held the position of assistant school leader at Summit High School, another Leona sister school. Mr. McGill holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ottawa University and is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and has been involved in education since 1995. Mr. McGill has been a member of The Leona Group family since 1999. In 2016, Larry McGill Jr. was nominated by the Arizona African American Legislative Committee to receive the Unsung Hero for Education Award. Mr. McGill is an admirable role model to many in South-Central Phoenix and because of his many achievements in education the State of Arizona Senate Proclamation designated March 9, 2016 as “Larry McGill Jr. Day”.
Contact Larry McGill, Jr. by email.
Virma Chavez, Assistant School Leader
Mrs. Chavez is our Assistant School Leader. In the past, she has taught Spanish Levels 1-4, Criminal Justice, and Business Management. She was also the Senior Class Counselor and Athletic Director. She was born in Mexico, but raised in Fountain Hills, Arizona. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She also earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix.
"By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn." - Latin Proverb
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." John Ruskin
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Phuong Mai Pham, Curriculum Coach
Phuong Mai Pham is currently South Pointe High School's Curriculum & Instruction Coach. Her expertise is in working with students from the urban school systems. This will be her 8th official year in education: 5 years teaching middle and high school math(along with dance & sociology) and 2 years as an administrator overseeing instruction & curriculum. Ms. Pham is extremely passionate about closing the achievement gap and is extremely proud and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the South Phoenix community. Previous to SPHS, she taught in South Phoenix for 3 years and believes that this is where she truly belongs as an educator.
"I am a firm believer that every student is able to learn and to be successful if given the correct tools, resources, and support. All students deserve a quality education despite their background; my role is to challenge & push our teachers and students to be the best they can be everyday."
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Melissa Bernal, Office Manager email
Natalie Caraveo, Teachers Aid email
Maryann Hernandez, Registrar email
Juan Alberto Gallegos, Teachers Aid email
Arlen Guevara, Student Mentor email
Kim "Koko" Hunter, Security email
Janis Martinez, Receptionist email
Aungelique Rodriguez, StuGo & CCR email
Ivan Uriarte, Teachers Aid, email
Mike Acquisto, History email
Leigh Aziz, Exceptional Student Services email
Derek Bellows, JROTC email
Tamika Bufford, ELA, email
Anita Cota, Lifeskills email
Ameka Cowan, ELA email
Anthony Frederick, JROTC email
Nekeisha Gary, Fine Arts email
John Giacobbe, Science email
Joshua Henry, Mathematics email
Brittny Johnson, Math email
Jennifer Maffetone-Veri, Art email
Josefina Martinez, CBE/Lifeskills email
Sean Medlin, Electives email
Malika Ringel, ELA email
Estevan Rivera, Mathematics email
Donna Wagner, Science email
Laura Zindler, SEI/Spanish email