ARIZONA CITY — Students at Arizona City Elementary School will have a new principal when the next school year kicks off.

During a May 11 meeting, the Toltec School District board approved the hiring of Judy Winsberg for the principal position at an annual salary of $75,000.

Winsberg has 18 years of experience as an educator and has been the principal at Indian Oasis Intermediate School in Sells for nearly two years.

“My teaching philosophy is that we need to educate the whole child,” Winsberg told the Governing Board. “I come with a lot of experience with social and emotional learning. Being trauma informed, which I think is going to be essential going forward as we go back to whatever the new normal is in schooling, we’re going to really have to address our students’ social and emotional needs. I’m really excited to join the team.”

She added that she is a big proponent of instructional technology.

“I feel like it allows our students to think critically, it allows them to collaborate and it allows them to really learn beyond the four walls of the classroom,” Winsberg said. “I think that there are so many skills that they are going to need going forward for their future careers.”

Winsberg is hoping to continue improving the school’s letter grade and has the experience of turning around a school’s performance after taking the school in Sells from a failing grade to a C.

Winsberg has a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University and she also has some familiarity with the area as she began her teaching career at Toltec Elementary School as a third grade teacher back in 1998.

Former Arizona City Principal Beth Pulver will remain with the school district and serve as the interim special education director.