Next school year in Camp Verde, staff and youngsters will become familiar with a new face.
Tom Lee of Kanab, Utah, was hired as the Camp Verde Elementary School principal to replace Julie Hibbard who is relocating to the Mesa School District.
Currently, Lee is the elementary principal for Kanab Elementary School. Kanab is a small town in southern Utah. He has served as principal there for two years.
He explained that he desired to move to Arizona because he knows the area and because he will be able to retire at a reasonable time in his life.
"I did all my schooling in Arizona and I am more familiar with it," said Lee.
Lee received his master's degree in education and administration from Northern Arizona University in 1996.
Before coming to Kanab, he worked for 16 years in Snowflake as a teacher for Taylor Intermediate School.
"When I went to the interview, I really knew that was the place," he said. "I just felt really comfortable talking to all the people," he said. "I am looking forward to working with the staff and children."
Lee, his wife and two of their children will be moving with him at the end of June. He has two grown children and two younger children, one in high school and one in middle school, both of which will attend the Camp Verde schools.
Lee will officially begin work at the school on July 1.