• Administrative Staff 2023/2024 School Year
     
     

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Mr. Kevin Thomas, Principal

Mr. Thomas grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University where he earned a B.A. in Secondary Education, with a focus on economics, history, and psychology.  He attended the American College of Education in Indianapolis to earn his graduate degree in Educational Leadership.  Mr. Thomas has worked in education since 2010.  He taught a wide range of classes in social studies and mathematics, and participated in multiple club sponsorships.  He also participated in coaching for his entire career before moving into administration in 2021.  Mr. Thomas moved to Arizona in 2017, where he began working in the AFUHSD at Millennium High School.  He taught for three years at MHS while head coaching for two of them.  He finished his time at MHS as the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction, and was also the assistant principal of safety and security before that.  Mr. Thomas appreciates opportunities to embrace challenges and grow.  He played sports his whole life including basketball in college, loves to read and learn, enjoys philosophy, and truly enjoys golf and chess as hobbies due to their difficulty.  As a teacher and administrator, Mr. Thomas places a premium on students not taking their present-lives or futures for granted, and makes a conscious effort to allow for students to critically analyze what's ahead of them.  Mr. Thomas tries to embody a culture of gratitude, respect, and enthusiasm in whatever he does, and is thrilled to continue doing so this year at Verrado High School.  Mr. Thomas is proud to be a part of Verrado School Community, thrilled to continue his career in education, and honored to be a part of, "One Verrado!"

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Mrs. Holly Bonessi, Assistant Principal

An East Coast native, Mrs. Bonessi has taught in three different states since begin her career in education during the 2000/2001 school year. She started her career in Virginia teaching middle school English and history before moving to Connecticut and Arizona, where she finally landed in the Agua Fria Union District in 2006. For 7 years, she taught English and journalism at Millennium High School, but became a Viper in 2014 to assume the position of Instructional Coach. She currently serves as an assistant principal and loves every minute of it. Mrs. Bonessi received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Journalism and Mass Communications and her master’s in Educational Administration from Argosy University. Working with teachers and helping students become their best is a daily reminder of her passion for education.

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Mr. Matt Lees, Assistant Principal

Mr. Lees is originally from the Bay Area of California but has also lived in Portland, Oregon. His family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona while in high school, and he has lived in Arizona ever since. He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Secondary Education History and received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. He taught Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. and World History for 12 years. He was also at various times the student body government sponsor, National Honor Society co-sponsor, social studies department chair, as well as a basketball and soccer coach. He was also a Teacher on Special Assignment for a couple of years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys building relationships with students and staff and is proud to be part of the Verrado family. One Verrado!  

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Mr. Garrett Maier, AP/Athletic Director

Garrett Maier is a proud Verrado alumni and joined Verrado’s administrative team as an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director in 2022. In our classrooms and athletic programs, he is most passionate about creating positive experiences through which kids learn. 

Prior to this role, Garrett taught all levels of English, as well as Creative Writing, Graphic Design and Education Professions. He served as a student government sponsor, Career & Technical Student Organization sponsor, and club sponsor. He was also a varsity coach for multiple sports and has always been passionate about creating community within athletic programs. He is on a mission to elevate the culture of Verrado Athletics and foster student-athletes who take immense pride in wearing Black & Gold! 

Personally, Garrett loves the following in this order: 1) His wife, 2) Tacos, and 3) Verrado High School.

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