Jacqueline Gouin, Author at Madison School District

Laura Webb Selected as New Madison Simis Principal

Laura Webb has been approved by the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board as the new principal at Madison Simis Elementary School. An educator for more than 15 years, Webb currently serves as an assistant principal at Madison Rose Lane Elementary School within the top-rated district. Webb will replace Dr. Joyce Flowers, Simis’ beloved long-time principal who retires this June.

“We are incredibly privileged to have Ms. Webb serve as the new principal of Madison Simis,” said Madison School District Superintendent Kenneth Baca. “Her extensive experience as an educator, the value she places on each student’s success, the leadership she’s demonstrated at Madison Rose Lane and her ability to bring individuals together to create new opportunities for our students – makes me confident she’ll uphold and enhance the traditions of Simis and Madison.”

Webb has a broad range of educational experience in and outside the Madison District. She has served at both public and private schools, and is currently completing her sixth year as an assistant principal. Simis will be the fourth Madison school she has worked at, so she is knowledgeable in the standards of the district. She has also served in Madison as a community member, parent and teacher.

When asked about priorities, Webb shared, “My initial focus will be to develop meaningful relationships with students, staff and parents as together we focus on Simis’ overall goals. We’ll also refine strategies to maintain and improve upon the students’ high achievements in an everchanging educational landscape – including expanding technology use on campus and utilizing the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework to develop and enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.”

Webb added, “I’m very grateful to continue leading in Madison and work in the community in which I live. I’m thrilled to be able to lead Simis and work alongside the diverse parent community, dedicated staff and talented students as we continue Simis’ tradition of excellence and develop students into empathetic and strategic global thinkers.”

Simis Elementary School serves children in grades preschool to fourth grade and is known for its award-winning music and International Baccalaureate programs.

Job Fair – February 20, 2019

The Madison Elementary School District will be hosting a job fair from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 20, 2019 in the Madison Center for the Arts Lobby – 5601 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The event highlights both certified teaching and classified support staff positions in the district’s eight schools and includes current positions, as well as those for the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit our Job Fair page!

Teacher Salary & Staffing Information

Average Teacher Salary

  • Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (budget year): $53,623
  • Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2019 (prior year): $50,024
  • Increase in average teacher salary in FY 2019 from prior year: $3,599
  • Percentage change in average teacher salary in FY 2019 from prior year: 7% increase


  • Proposed staffing summary for Teachers FY 2019: 293 FTE (full time equivalent)
  • Staff to Pupil ratio
    • General Education 1:18.9
    • Special Education 1:12.8

Principal Hilary O’Brien Wins Rodel Honor

Selected from 1,861 School Principals in the State

On February 22, Madison Camelview Elementary Principal Hilary O’Brien was surprised at a ceremony with her students, husband, teachers, Madison District board members, and Superintendent Quinn Kellis with the Rodel Exemplary Principal Award. One of eight principals selected out of more than 1,860 across the sate, O’Brien choked up as she entered the room to rousing cheers from her students and colleagues.

A Rodel Exemplary Principal represents the best in the state and is selected through a rigorous nomination process for their demonstrated ability to inspire their staff to contribute to school-wide success and the development of a campus that is high achieving, safe and welcoming.

Madison Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis said the District is extremely proud of O’Brien and honored by the award.

“I can’t think of a more deserving principal for this prestigious award,” Kellis said. “Principal O’Brien Rodel inspires her staff day in and day out with her dedication to the highest standards and willingness to mentor other educators.”  

Each year Rodel identifies a few of Arizona’s best principals for their achievements in high needs schools and asks them to “give back” by serving as mentors for future school leaders. Each “Exemplary Principal” such as O’Brien, is partnered with an “Aspiring Principal” to help fill the need for great principals in our most deserving schools.

Exemplary Principals (like O’Brien): These principals are established in their field, have a track record of high student achievement, and serve as mentors in high-need Arizona schools.

Aspiring Principals: These future school leaders are committed to learning the trade from expert mentors and leading schools in Arizona communities with the highest need.