Two new principals for Sunnyside schools - Tucson News Now

Two new principals for Sunnyside schools

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sunnyside High School and Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School will have new principals for the 2016-2017 school year, according to a recent release.  

Earlier this month the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Michael Marcos and Thom Luedemann as principals for both the high school and middle school.  

Dr. Marcos is replacing Adriana Molina at Sunnyside High School, Molina is taking a position at another high school. Luedemann is replacing Robert "Bob" Miranda at Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School, as Miranda is retiring after 43 years. 

"From the very first interaction, every experience I have had has made me feel like I found my home.  I am greatly looking forward to meeting and working with the students, families, faculty/staff, and community stakeholders," said Dr. Marcos, in a recent release. "The educational well-being of Sunnyside students is my number one priority.  Together, I know we will achieve levels of success previously unrealized!"

Dr. Marcos is bringing 16 years of experience in education to Sunnyside High School. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Burbank, CA.  He then moved into administration and has served as a high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and director of assessment and accountability in Los Angeles and San Diego County.  He has spent the last three years living and working overseas in Thailand and Qatar, most recently as a school administrator for Qatar Foundation Schools.  Dr. Marcos holds degrees in History, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

"Growing up in a small town, I believe it is imperative that a school be the heart of the community," said Luedemann in the release. "I am excited to be making the move to Tucson, with all that it has to offer, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Sunnyside Unified School District and Billy Lane Lauffer family."

Thom Luedemann comes to SUSD with 13 years of experience in education. He has served seven years as a high school administrator at Sierra Linda High School and Agua Fria High School, and has experience as a principal, an assistant principal of discipline, assistant principal of athletics, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. For the past three years Luedemann has served as clinical supervisor at Western Governors’ University for teacher candidates working to get their degree in secondary education and subsequent teacher certification. He was also an instructor of English at Rio Salado Community College for adult education students working to earn their high school equivalency diploma. Luedemann has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s of Educational Leadership with honors from Northern Arizona University.

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