Principal

Mr. Jim Swetter

Phone: (480) 575-2401

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Mr. Jim Swetter

Mr. James Swetter is entering his 8th year at Cactus Shadows High School, where he will serve as the Principal for the 2018-19 school year.  Prior to serving in this role, he was the Assistant Principal for Operations and Athletics.  Prior to that, Mr. Swetter was the Dean of Students during the 2015-16 school year and served as a social studies teacher from 2011 to 2015.  In addition, he was the Varsity wrestling coach from 2011 to 2013.  In 2010, Mr. Swetter moved to the Valley from Ohio.  He had served as a social studies teacher in the Woodridge Local Schools from 2002 to 2010 where he also coached football, wrestling, and track and field.  Mr. Swetter earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 2003, where he was a four year letterman on the wrestling team.  He earned a Master of Arts in Education, Administration and Supervision (2011) and a Master of Arts in Educaiton, Curriculum and Instruction (2008), both from the University of Phoenix.  

Assistant Principal Academics

Mrs. Laurie Umbarger

Phone: (480) 575-2404

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Mrs. Laurie Umbarger

Mrs. Umbarger is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in Arizona for almost 30 years. She is the Assistant Principal for Student Services and Instruction supporting students with scheduling, classes, grades, and everything academic. She loves working with both students and teachers. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and administration. Ms. Umbarger was an instructional coach and then, the district English Curriculum Coordinator in the Glendale Elementary School District. Prior to serving in her current position, she was the ELA professional development coordinator for Maricopa County, providing standards and implementation training for administrators, coaches, and teachers in Maricopa County.  Ms. Umbarger has also served on the state standards grade level committee as a chair. Mrs U says, “I love Cactus Shadows! The students and staff are amazing. Cactus Shadows is a special place to be.”

Athletic Director

Mrs. Tandehl Collentine

Phone: (480) 575-2406

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Mrs. Tandehl Collentine

Ms. Tandehl Collentine has had the privilege of working for CCUSD for the past 9 years.  She has taught at all grade levels within the district starting at STMS as the P.E. Teacher and Track & Field coach before moving onto BMES as the P.E. Teacher for grades K-6.  For the past 6 years, Ms. Collentine has taught P.E./Health and F.A.M. (Foundation of Academic Mentoring) at Cactus Shadows High School, along with Head Coach duties for Track & Field and Assistant Cross Country Coach.  Ms. Collentine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.  She continued her education in Arizona, earning a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  Ms. Collentine is excited for the opportunity to have a positive impact on the outstanding athletic and academic programs at CSHS.  She resides in Cave Creek along with her husband and two sons who attend BMES.  

Interim Dean of Students

Mr. John Thompson

Phone: (480) 575-2405

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Mr. John Thompson

Mr. Thompson is in his 3rd year at Cactus Shadows High School and will serve as the Interim Dean of Students for the remainder of the 2018/2019 academic school year. Prior to accepting this role, Mr. Thompson taught business classes in the CTE department from 2016 - 2019. Mr. Thompson also coached varsity football for 3 seasons at CSHS. Prior to serving at CSHS he was a 5th grade Math Teacher at Imagine Camelback Charter School from 2014-2016.  Mr. Thompson has lived in Arizona for 5 years coming from Buffalo NY, where he was born and raised and served as an In-School-Suspension Teacher at Public School #115 from 2013-2014 and a Para-professional at Stanley G. Falk Alternative School from 2012-2013. Mr. Thompson earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree at Medaille College, His Post-Baccalaureate from Buffalo State College and is now wrapping up his M.Ed. in Education Leadership at Arizona State University. His philosophy as the Dean of Students is “To hold all students accountable for their actions, while providing opportunities to grow and change behaviors that will have a positive effect on their future”. He resides with his fiancé and son and is happiest when enjoying activities such as hiking, sports, crossfit and concerts with his family.