McKnight hired as QCMS principal

Courtesy of QCUSD


Dr. Perry Berry, superintendent of Queen Creek Unified School District, has announced the hiring of Joseph McKnight as the new principal of the soon to be renovated Queen Creek Middle School, starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Most recently, Mr. McKnight served as principal of a new junior high/high school. Prior to that, he was part of the administration team at Marana High School in Tucson after being its assistant principal for three years.

He as a background in developing curriculum, online classes, administration and coaching Mr. McKnight has a master’s degree in educational leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Arizona State University.

Mr. McKnight and his wife, Emily, have been married for 19 years, have five children and are expecting their sixth.

The new principal is very excited about being selected to guide the staff and students at the Queen Creek Middle School, according to a press release.

“As a parent and as an educator, both as a teacher and as an administrator, I have tried to instill not only in my children but also all those I have been entrusted with to understand that they can, and they do, make a difference,” Mr. McKnght said in the release. “This philosophy is very strong in the Queen Creek district and I feel very privileged to be able to be a part of a community that supports this philosophy. I look forward to working with Dr. Berry, Dr. Monroe and all of the staff and community in the Queen Creek Unified School District.”

Mr. McKnight is a great choice for principal and we are happy to have him as part of our Queen Creek team,” Dr. Perry said.

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