Susana Huntley joins the Cartwright Familia serving the community as Starlight Park’s Preparatory & Community School Principal in July 2021. Ms. Huntley has been in education since 1991 and worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, director and principal in three districts, including high school.
Ms. Huntley completed her undergraduate work in Elementary Education at Arizona State University and her Masters's in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She has a specialization in Reading, an Early Childhood Endorsement, and a Bilingual Endorsement. Susana is a proud mother of two incredible people, Drew and Lauren. Drew, her eldest, lives and works in Phoenix. Her daughter, Lauren, works and attends college in Portland, Oregon. A point of pride in her career was serving in a dual role as Principal of an Alternative School and Director of a Family Resource Center. Alongside her team and through extensive collaboration with community resources, they worked to develop true “wrap around” services for both students and families. This resulted in increased attendance and academic performance for students district-wide.
Ms. Huntley believes leading inclusive, collaborative learning communities, where there is a strong commitment from families and educators to our scholars, is humbling and uplifting. She will be bringing this philosophy to Starlight Park Preparatory & Community School. “I am honored and grateful to be given the opportunity to serve adults and scholars with so many experiences, strategies, and skills to offer. We will continue a positive culture and climate where we are all setting high expectations and learning together!” - -Principal Susana Huntley