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Tia Tsosie-Begay profiled in Tucson Values Teachers' documentary
Los Niños Elementary teacher, Tia Tsosie-Begay is one of three local educators profiled as part of the short film, Teaching in Arizona. Tia Lei Tsosie-Begay is a member of the Navajo tribe from...
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2018 Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
Los Niños Elementary teacher, Tia Tsosie-Begay is one of three local educators profiled as part of the short film, Teaching in Arizona. Tia Lei Tsosie-Begay is a member of the Navajo tribe from Northern Arizona who came to Tucson from the Navajo Reservation in 1998 to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. In 2002, Tia graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and again in 2005 with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been a general education teacher for students in grades first through fourth, and also taught physical education teacher for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Tia also has spent several years coaching and mentoring others as a Title I Program Facilitator. She says her most satisfying days are when she feels that a student is able to articulate learning in their own words. She also strives to find ways to fund her students’ personal libraries because she believes that books should be in everyone’s home. The film will be screened at the Let's Talk Ed event on September 20th, as part of the 10th Anniversary of Tucson Values Teachers.   
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    

School Staff

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Rosemary
Rosas
Principal - High Schools
Desert View High School
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Angelica
Encinas
Assistant Principal
Desert View High School
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Katherine
Dong
Assistant Principal - High Schools
Desert View High School
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Raul
Hodgers
Assistant Principal - High Schools
Desert View High School
Helen
Abeyta
Registrar
Desert View High School
Oscar
Alcantara
Teacher Coaches
Desert View High School
Emilio
Arias
Teacher
Desert View High School
Maria
Armenta
Accounting Clerk
Desert View High School
Shane
Bentley
Teacher
Desert View High School
Christopher
Betteridge
Teacher
Desert View High School
Cathy
Borquez
Office Assistant
Desert View High School
Martin
Brown
Teacher
Desert View High School
Ted
Burgos-DeStephanis
Teacher
Desert View High School
Alejandra
Celaya
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Desert View High School
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Anthony
Chavez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Elizabeth
Daugherty
Teacher
Desert View High School
Nathaniel
Davis
Teacher
Desert View High School
Sammy
Dominguez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Patrick
Donohoe
Teacher
Desert View High School
Teresa
Driver
Teacher
Desert View High School
Richard
Duarte
Teacher
Desert View High School
Ana
Duarte
Custodian
Desert View High School
Astrid
Duran
Computer Clerk
Desert View High School
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Curtis
Dutiel
Teacher
Desert View High School
Debra
Edwards
Teacher
Desert View High School
Maria Angelica
Encinas
Assistant Principal - High Schools
Desert View High School
Zackary
Esling
Teacher
Desert View High School
Victor
Espinoza
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Martha
Esquivel
Office Manager - High
Desert View High School
Cristina
Estrada
Teacher
Desert View High School
Ivonne
Ferreira
Long Term Substitute
Desert View High School
Gonzalo
Ferreira
Teacher
Desert View High School
Antonio
Flores
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Steven
Frederick
Teacher
Desert View High School
Eric
Freitchen
Teacher
Desert View High School
Kenneth
Friskey
Teacher
Desert View High School
Salvador
Gallegos
Mariachi Instructor
Desert View High School
Lorenzo
Garcia
Lead Custodian
Desert View High School
Cookie
Gonzales
Teacher
Desert View High School
Elizabeth
Gonzalez
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
Judith
Gonzalez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Khalila
Govan
Teacher
Desert View High School
Christopher
Harris
Teacher
Desert View High School
Derrick
Haywood
Teacher
Desert View High School
Anthony
Higuera
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Kermie
Hodge
Teacher
Desert View High School
Xiaohan
Hu
Teacher
Desert View High School
Ivan
Iturralde
Teacher
Desert View High School
Roberto
Jaramillo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Joseph
Jaramillo
Long Term Substitute
Desert View High School
Dolly
Kansal
Teacher
Desert View High School
Traci
Kelly
Teacher
Desert View High School
Kelly
Krieg
Teacher
Desert View High School
Ana
Laborin
Parapro - Special Education
Desert View High School
Andrew
Lee
Teacher
Desert View High School
Marisela
Leon
Media Center Technician
Desert View High School
David
Levario
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
Alexandra
Lizarribar
Teacher
Desert View High School
Jesus
Lopez
Central Kitchen Cafeteria Supervisor
Desert View High School
Diego
Lozano
CTE STEM Teacher Associate/Teacher Intern
Desert View High School
Camilo
Macias
Counselor
Desert View High School
Julian
Martin
Teacher
Desert View High School
Serina
Martinez
Attendance Clerk
Desert View High School
Heather
McAuley
Counselor
Desert View High School
Lucedes
McBroom
Instructional Coach
Desert View High School
Ann
Merritt
Teacher, Math-SPED
Desert View High School
Matthew
Montoya
Teacher
Desert View High School
Michael
Montoya
Teacher
Desert View High School
Jaime
Morado
Teacher
Desert View High School
Pamela
Moraga
Administrative Assistant
Desert View High School
Dawn
O'Brien
Teacher
Desert View High School
Corinna
Obermayr
Teacher
Desert View High School
Levi
Olive
Programs Director, Fine Arts Department CTE/JTED
Desert View High School
Roberta
Oliver
Teacher
Desert View High School
Lisa
Parriott
Counselor
Desert View High School
Brianne
Perez
AmeriCorps Community School Coordinator
Desert View High School
Beatrice
Pinedo
Data Quality Specialist
Desert View High School
Samuel
Portillo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Marvin
Portillo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Shelia
Puckett-Hernandez
Certified Speech and Language Pathologist
Desert View High School
Cynthia
Quijada
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
Connie
Quintana
Administrative Assistant
Desert View High School
Celina
Rascon
Parapro - Special Education
Desert View High School
Jazzmine
Ray
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
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Hector
Reyes
Business & Marketing
Desert View High School
Paul
Riley
Teacher
Desert View High School
Jimmy
Rivera
Long Term Substitute
Desert View High School
Yamil Ivan
Rodriguez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Juan
Rojas
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
Erin
Rouse-Shott
Teacher
Desert View High School
Judith
Rubin
Counselor
Desert View High School
Karen
Sanchez
Parent Student Advocate
Desert View High School
David
Santos
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
Frederick
Steffgen
School Psychologist
Desert View High School
Frances
Stoler
Librarian
Desert View High School
Christina
Tellez
Counselor
Desert View High School
Rebecca
Tingley
Teacher
Desert View High School
Annie
Tudu
Teacher
Desert View High School
Brian
Turner
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Desert View High School
Cynthia
Uber
Teacher
Desert View High School
Roberto
Vizcaino Galindo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Julia
Weakley
Teacher
Desert View High School
Darlene
Whitmore
Counselor
Desert View High School
Linda
Wise
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Desert View High School
Anthony
Ybarra
Coach (out)
Desert View High School
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Jose
Bonillas
Teacher
Desert View High School
Richard
Anglen
Teacher
Desert View High School
Maria
Arguelles
Custodian
Desert View High School
Oscar
Baray
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Kimberly
Beaty
Teacher
Desert View High School
Sandra
Beltran
Parapro - Special Education
Desert View High School
Mark
Berry
Teacher
Desert View High School
Kasie
Betten
Teacher
Desert View High School
Armando
Bezies-Kindling
Teacher
Desert View High School
Gary
Blouir
Teacher
Desert View High School
Teresa
Borboa
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Eve
Burns McOmber
Teacher
Desert View High School
Toni
Bustamante
Administrative Assistant
Desert View High School
Andrew
Campbell
Teacher
Desert View High School
Elizabeth
Carrazco-Angulo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Rosalio
Castillo
Head Custodian
Desert View High School
Peter
Covitz
Teacher
Desert View High School
Leticia
Craft
Teacher
Desert View High School
Erica
Dagnino
Teacher
Desert View High School
Elizabeth
Denbo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Dennis
Dewoody
Media Center Technician
Desert View High School
Monica
Edgar
Office Assistant
Desert View High School
Larry
Espinoza
Teacher
Desert View High School
Mary
Figueroa
Cafeteria Helper
Desert View High School
Lillian
Flores
Attendance Clerk
Desert View High School
Cynthia
Garcia
Office Assistant
Desert View High School
Alicia
Garcia
Custodian
Desert View High School
Rosa
German Gardner
Teacher
Desert View High School
Louis
Gonzales
Teacher
Desert View High School
Earl
Gray
Teacher
Desert View High School
Cesar
Gutierrez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Guadalupe
Hernandez
Cafeteria Helper
Desert View High School
Monica
Hernandez
Cafeteria Helper
Desert View High School
Barbara
Holly
Teacher
Desert View High School
Wesley
Hunter
Teacher
Desert View High School
David
Hunter
Lead Academic Interventionist
Desert View High School
Catherine
Jaramillo
Cafeteria Helper
Desert View High School
Joseph
Jewell
Teacher
Desert View High School
Michael
Jindrick
Teacher
Desert View High School
Margaret
Johnson
Online Coordinator
Desert View High School
Alan
King
Teacher
Desert View High School
Kristopher
Kmak
Information Technologies Technician
Desert View High School
Maritza
Lara
Parapro
Desert View High School
Anna
Lawrie
Teacher
Desert View High School
Marco
Leon
Teacher
Desert View High School
Cecilia
Leyva
Custodian
Desert View High School
Olga
Lozano
Attendance Clerk
Desert View High School
Maria
Marquez
Custodian
Desert View High School
Samuel
Mendivil
Teacher
Desert View High School
Lucianna
Mendoza
Administrative Assistant
Desert View High School
Martin
Montano
Custodian
Desert View High School
Maria
Morando
Parapro - Special Education
Desert View High School
Joseph
Mouaya
Teacher
Desert View High School
Claudio
Munoz
Teacher
Desert View High School
Francisco
Ornelas
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Desert View High School
Jesse
Ortega
Academic Interventionist
Desert View High School
Anna
Paredes
Teacher
Desert View High School
Beth
Pena
Teacher
Desert View High School
Larissa
Peru
Teacher
Desert View High School
Andrew
Provencio
Teacher
Desert View High School
Philip
Randall
School Psychologist
Desert View High School
Linda
Reinke
Teacher
Desert View High School
George
Renteria
Teacher
Desert View High School
Carla
Rodriguez
Teacher
Desert View High School
Carlos
Rue
Athletic Trainer
Desert View High School
Monica
Russell
Teacher
Desert View High School
Raul
Samorano
Teacher
Desert View High School
Brett
Santiago-Walsh
Teacher
Desert View High School
Victoria
Schroeder
Teacher
Desert View High School
Yessica
Sehm
Health Office Administrative Assistant
Desert View High School
Maria
Serrano
Custodian
Desert View High School
Maria
Solano
Custodian
Desert View High School
Melissa
Soza
Office Assistant
Desert View High School
Barry
Speece
Teacher
Desert View High School
Nelida
Sprunt
Teacher
Desert View High School
Christine
Taylor
School Nurse
Desert View High School
Rene
Teyechea
Teacher
Desert View High School
Edgar
Valenzuela
Academic Interventionist
Desert View High School
Anna
Valenzuela
Campus Monitor
Desert View High School
Irene
Valenzuela
Office Assistant
Desert View High School
Maria
Vasquez
Custodian
Desert View High School
Luz
Velarde
Custodian
Desert View High School
Elvira
Viguerias
Custodian
Desert View High School
Valeria
Villegas-Romo
Teacher
Desert View High School
Fernando
Zaroni
Custodian
Desert View High School
Desert View High School
4101 East Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-5100
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-5116

Desert View is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a comprehensive high school that offers a plethora of rigorous and challenging courses. The foundation of its success is based in its Freshman Academy. This school within a school serves as a foundational environment which prepares incoming 9th graders for their tenure as high school students. Once students advanced into the upper grade levels they are invited to join one of three College and Career Academies. Each academy focuses on a career pathway where students can earn college credit, industry certifications and take part in work experiences and internships. This combination of core and elective classes has evolved Desert View into a culture of college and career readiness. Additionally, the use of AVID instructional strategies and ample enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses has propelled graduation rates and record amounts of scholarship offerings. This focus on learning and real world experiences has prepared our students for life after Desert View.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1985
Grades: 
9-12
Enrollment: 
2218
Mascot: 
Jaguars
Uniforms: Required
Tops: No Uniforms Are Required
Bottoms:

School Activities

Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.

  • Freshman Academy
  • Athletics (10+)
  • Honors/AP Courses (15+)
  • AVID
  • MESA
  • Skills USA/Career Tech Student Orgs
  • National Honor Society
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi
  • Folklorico
  • Transition Club
  • College & Career Academies
  • JTED/CTE Programs (10+)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Air Force ROTC
  • DECA
  • Spectrum Club
  • SWAT (Student Wellness)
  • Robotics & Gaming
  • Yearbook
  • Theater