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Silver Valley Elementary Queen Creek Unified School District
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Meet Our Principal

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I am filled with excitement to serve as principal of Silver Valley Elementary (SVE), where student leadership matters. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting your child by providing them the best education possible to help them pursue their future dreams. 

This school year marks my eighteenth year in education. I have served as an administrator for the last eight of those years, with three as the principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy prior to opening SVE. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University and my master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Out of college, I wanted to be a first-grade teacher; but I did not yet know that life throws curve balls, so I accepted a job in Tempe, Arizona, as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. After two years, I earned my secondary education certificate and began teaching at a neighboring high school to both teach English and coach softball, basketball, and golf. Prior to joining Queen Creek Unified, I served as assistant principal of educational services for Williams Field High School. As an administrator, I love walking into effective classrooms and seeing students grapple with challenging material in a classroom filled with kindness.

On a personal note, I landed in Arizona via Illinois. My mother was a dairy farmer before marrying my businessman father and settling in the Chicago suburbs. My three brothers and I spent much of our time in athletic arenas, eventually providing me the unique opportunity to play softball at the collegiate level for WMU — Go Broncos! I met my husband here in beautiful, sunny Arizona on a softball field, and we have made Arizona our home. We have three wonderful kids who keep us busy. I enjoy being active, reading non-fiction, and touring this amazing state. 

I promise, as your principal at SVE, I will work hard to provide a safe environment for all students to learn. I am committed to supporting challenging instruction for each child. I also am committed to listening to the community in reaching goals of fostering the success of Silver Valley Elementary. 


Allison Carmichael

Allison Carmichael

Allison Carmichael, Principal