About Hendricsen...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office (49)
Phone: (480)224-2700
Email: Hendricsen
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to CTA Independence, home of the Hawks! I want to take the opportunity to welcome our new Independence families and welcome back our returning families. We know parents have a choice of where to send their students and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to educate and prepare your child for their future. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing the very best education, resulting in CTA Independence consistently ranking as one of the top schools in Arizona.

My Education and Professional Background

I hold a BAE in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University along with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction along with my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NAU. I began my teaching career in Chandler as a science teacher at Bogle Junior High before moving districts to become the assistant principal and then principal at Gateway Pointe Elementary in Higley. I returned to my roots in Chandler in 2015 and became the principal here at CTA Independence.Beyond the school doors I am a proud father of twin daughters and husband to a very supportive wife who also works in education. Our spare time is spent exploring the outdoors and cheering on our favorite sports teams.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that at the core, all students can be successful as the result of a strong relationship and connection with their teacher. When a student is connected to their classroom, they become connected to their learning. In addition, by fostering a growth mindset, students and staff can meet expectations beyond their limits. At CTA Independence, our staff is dedicated to developing students who are confident leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in a global society. CTA Independence Hawks… Soaring Above all Challenges!
 

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About Walter...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Office
Phone: (480) 224-2700
Email: Walter
"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding."
-- William Arthur Ward

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Welcome!

I am thrilled to be the Dean of Students at CTA Independence! This is my 13th year at Independence, and I am excited to I bring my experience and passion for student learning to my role as Dean. I look forward to working with students, staff, and families to promote a positive learning environment. One of my objectives is to teach students to think about their behavior and to promote good character in and out of the classroom. I look forward to working with you and your children.

My Education and Professional Background

I am beginning my 16th year in education, and my 13th year at CUSD. I taught kindergarten for many years, as well as 4th grade. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (UOP), a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (UOP), and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership/Principal Certification from – Grand Canyon University. I am SEI endorsed, and I have completed Spalding I and II. In addition, I am DIBELS and Thinking Maps trained.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that education should ignite a passion for learning in all students and promote an environment that is safe and nurturing. In addition, learning should include critical thinking and opportunities for problem solving. Fostering a growth mindset in our students promotes student engagement and encourages student creativity. When teachers, students, and families collaborate, student achievement thrives. Go Hawks!
 

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