By Dana Trumbull
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved Dr. Angela Chomokos as the new Apache Junction High School principal for the 2018-19 school year. Chomokos is currently principal at Chaparrel High School in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
Commenting on the action, Board Member Mike Weaver stated: “I think we’re darn lucky and I’m really appreciative that Dr. Chomokos has opted to come here. As an individual, I’d like to offer my support in whatever way I could. I wish her great success going forward.”
Although some Scottsdale social media groups have targeted Chomokos’ management style as being too authoritarian, it is difficult to argue with the results she has achieved. A biography posted on the SUSD website and verified through independent research by The News summarizes Chomokos experience, “An educator for 37 years, Dr. Angela Chomokos began her career spending time as an elementary and middle school physical education teacher in Gilbert Public Schools. Since that time, she has been a high school and college mathematics teacher, a district level curriculum coordinator and a high school principal for both Queen Creek and Catalina Foothills school districts.
“During her time as a principal in Queen Creek she was named Arizona High School Principal of the Year. Under Dr. Chomokos’ leadership, both QCHS and CFHS were labeled A+ Schools of Excellence, as well as Excelling or ‘A’ schools.
“Dr. Chomokos holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, a superintendent certificate, and a BA and MA with an emphasis in exercise physiology and mathematics.”
Acknowledging the social media rumors, AJUSD Board President Jodi Ehrlich shared with The News that she had pursued additional references within the education community and had received nothing but positive comments. As she stated at the Board meeting, “This is a really important position in our district… talking to contacts that I have and contacts of those contacts about Dr. Chomokos, their comments were astoundingly favorable, ‘Yes. Amazing. She’s aces.’ So I’m super excited.”
Chomokos responded after the vote, “I’ve been in public education for a very long time, and I’ve been an administrator in public education for a very long time. This is my tipping year, because I also was in the classroom for 18 years prior to becoming an administrator. I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to join this team of fabulous administrators that I’ll be able to work with and be a part of that.”