Marana Middle School assistant principal Andrea Divijak will become Quail Run Elementary School's new principal July 1.

The Marana Unified School District Governing Board approved the hire in a 5-0 vote at an April 10 meeting. Divijak replaces Pennie Harcus, who is retiring after 12 years as Quail Run principal.

Divijak has worked 17 years as a teacher, instructional support leader, coach and school administrator. She currently handles co-athletic director duties at Marana Middle School.

Before Divijak joined Marana Middle School in 2010, she taught elementary school for 10 years and was peer ealuator for three years with the Amphitheater Unified School District. She earned National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2002.

Divijak has a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a minor in psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“I am honored to join the Quail Run community and be a part of a team committed to learning and student academic achievement,” she said in a news release. “To help students achieve their full potential, they must be provided with a safe, caring, and academically focused environment that I know is already present at Quail Run Elementary. Shared leadership and working together as a team are important elements for success, and I am excited to work with the students, staff and families of Quail Run.”

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