Meet the Principal

  • Sonoran Foothills Principal, Mr. Dennis Chartier

     Mr. Chartier

    I am very happy to have been recently named the new K-8 principal of Sonoran Foothills School.  I have been a member of the DVUSD for nearly 8 years, serving as P.E. instructor, athletic director and coach for Norterra Canyon.

    I bring with me many years of educational experience. I grew up in a small community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Michigan University in Physical Education and Health Education.  I taught Physical Education, coached multiple sports and served as athletic director in Wisconsin for eight years. I earned my Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  I went into administration for the Iron Mountain Public School District in Michigan, serving as an assistant principal/athletic director for six years, principal for one year, and was then named superintendent of schools for fourteen years.

    My wife and I relocated to Arizona in 2010, and I returned to my teaching career instructing Physical Education and Driver Education for seven and a half years at Norterra Canyon School. I was hired as the new principal at Sonoran Foothills on April 10, 2018.

    As principal, I believe it is my responsibility to continue to build upon the supportive and collaborative spirit that has been established here at Sonoran Foothills School.  I am a highly-motivated, hands-on administrator who believes in leading by example.  Students meet high academic expectations when they are in a caring environment and I will do my best to see that we provide that for each student and help them reach their goals.