• About Mr. Antasio Holley...

    Position: Principal

    Email: Mr. Antasio Holley

    Mr. Antasio Holley

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    Hello Andersen Junior High Families,

    My name is Antasio Holley and I am very excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Andersen Junior High School. I am honored that I was selected to lead such an amazing school and school community. I have heard nothing but positive things about the students, teachers and parent community. In my first couple of days on the job I have met several teachers and office staff who have all been welcoming and enthusiastic about the upcoming school year and have already made me feel like I am part of the Jaguar Family.

    Professionally, I have been in education for the past 24 years, as an Health and Physical Education teacher, Transition Specialist, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. I feel these experiences have helped to shape my educational philosophy which I can simply put, “All students deserve the good stuff.”

    One of the most important aspects of my work here at AJHS will be building strong relationships with students, teachers, and families. My passion has always been working with students while providing them a positive and nurturing environment that allows for them to become their best self. As a result, you can expect that I will work diligently with all stakeholders to make sure that our students continue to be exposed to curriculum and instruction that is both engaging and rigorous. I wholeheartedly believe that great schools are the result of great teachers of Andersen Junior High School and to provide them with the tools they need to continue to be successful and help your children grow and prosper.

    I am thrilled about this school year and look forward to working with Assistant Principal, Alex Randel and Dean of Students, Mallorie Kelley to ensure that students at AJHS have a school year filled with quality instruction and fun. Please get involved in our school PTA to guarantee that your voices are heard and know that my door is always open.

    Best Regards,

    Mr. Holley

    My Education and Professional Background

    A native of Cincinnati, OH,  he began his career in his hometown, serving Harmony Community Schools, one of the first Charter Schools in Ohio, for ten years as a teacher, dean of students, and founder of its football program. He then taught exceptional education for several years at his alma mater, Withrow High School of the Cincinnati Public Schools, then went on to oversee the Project SEARCH Program at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for students with exceptionalities. After relocating to Tucson, AZ, he served Tohono O'odham High School, Baboquivari Unified School District and Tucson Unified School District as assistant principal and principal, before relocating to Maryland.

    After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Health and Physical Education.  He completed a Masters Degree in Special Education at Antioch University McGregor and a Post Master Certificate in Educational Leadership from Xavier University. 

    My Educational Philosophy

    I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their optimal potential by removing barriers, providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjust the sails."
    -- John Maxwell

    The Choice is Yours! Why Choose Andersen Junior High?

    AJHS strives to ensure rigorous core academics while exposing students to a wide variety of electives and opportunities to provide a challenging, yet enjoyable, junior high experience. We offer a diverse selection of elective classes including: Spanish, Art and Advanced Art, Orchestra, Band(s), Guitar, Choir, Project Lead the Way (Engineering), Yoga, and Physical Education. AJHS also offers Math and Reading interventions for students who need additional help and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination).