New Oak Creek principal strives for empowerment, collaboration

With training in Expeditionary Learning (EL), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Nayadin Persaud will be the new principal at Oak Creek School. (VVN/Bill Helm)

With training in Expeditionary Learning (EL), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Nayadin Persaud will be the new principal at Oak Creek School. (VVN/Bill Helm)

CORNVILLE – Born in Guyana, South America, Nayadin Persaud “loved pretending to be a teacher when I was a kid.”

Her experiences in education were formed in part by her parents, who were teachers.

So it makes sense that Persaud “always wanted to be a teacher.”

Having worked a variety of educational levels from pre-kindergarten teacher to university lecturer the past 13 years, Persaud is preparing to leave the classroom, as she looks forward to her first principalship.

Come July 1 when the fiscal year begins, Persaud will start her first year as principal at Oak Creek School in Cornville.

A Sedona resident for the past four years, Persaud is “familiar with and will carry on the excellent direction and traditions of Oak Creek School,” said Steve King, the district’s superintendent.

“She brings commitment, knowledge, and the ability to develop and sustain relationships to the children and community of Cornville,” King said. “She is innovative and tenacious and I am greatly encouraged about the future of Oak Creek School under her leadership.”

In a letter she will send to the school’s families, Persaud stated that her focus “has been geared toward the empowerment of elementary school and children, and working collaboratively with many different groups of adults.”

With training in Expeditionary Learning (EL), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Persaud stated that her priorities as the Oak Creek School principal include “continuing to grow and expand the STEM program, increasing student achievement through supporting students and families and supporting teacher quality and effectiveness in the classroom.”

Persaud said that as the new Oak Creek principal, it is “crucial” to her “that everyone who steps through our doors, students, staff, parents, and community members are excited to be here.”

Persaud, who taught kindergarten at Oak Creek School in 2016-2017, is currently a fifth grade teacher at Mountain View Preparatory.

Persaud will succeed Christine Griffin, who resigned, effective June 8.

Getting to know Nayadin Persaud

Describe your family

“My husband Robert and I have two dogs, Tank and Ozzie, and two horses, Daisy and Dusty.”

Favorite moments in the classroom? 

“Watching when kindergarteners learn to read for the first time. I also love when my fifth graders debate issues with critical thought and analysis.”

Favorite food? 

“I eat and try all kinds of food. I love sushi and Thai food.” 

What music is in your car right now?

“UB40 - I love soft rock/reggae.”

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

“I love to travel. I have lived on three continents and love to travel. I want to visit as many countries as I can. One of my bucket list places is to visit India.”

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