Dr. Schenk

Phone: 480-272-8500


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Dr. Schenk

Welcome to Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, an A+ School of Excellence in the Cave Creek Unified School District. As the principal of Horseshoe Trails Elementary, my mission is to inspire excellence at Horseshoe Trails. You will see this excellence throughout the school in everything we do from the staff, students, and community.

Before coming to Horseshoe Trails, I worked as a teacher and administrator in the Peoria Unified School District. My teaching career spans from preschool through Jr High School. As an educator, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing my students graduate and begin successful lives as lifelong learners.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. My Master’s degree is in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and my doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and trips up north to Flagstaff.

My goal is for every student in my school to receive a high quality education which prepares them to be competitive in a global society. I believe every student in my school should possess the technological skills and innovative thinking necessary to shape the future. I accomplish this by hiring and training fiercely passionate educators with a dedication to personal and professional growth and giving those educators authentic capacity development in the best practices of educating 21st century learners.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child at Horseshoe Trails. Please feel free to contact me any time with questions, comments, or concerns.

Matt Schenk, Principal
Horseshoe Trails Elementary School

 "If we teach today's students as we did yesterday's then we are robbing them of tomorrow." -John Dewey