My name is Brent Spencer and I am very proud and extremely honored to be serving as the Principal of Ironwood Ridge High School. In my sixteen years that I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Amphitheater family I have served as a special education teacher at Canyon Del Oro High School, as an Assistant Principal at Wilson K-8 School, an Assistant Principal here at Ironwood Ridge High School and now as the Principal of Ironwood Ridge where I am able to continue to serve this community, its students and their families that I have truly grown to love. I have an awesome son who is a snior this year at CDO and when I am not working, my son and I enjoy Aikido, hiking, traveling, movies and relaxing together.
Defining Moment in Education
I am often asked why I decided to become an educator and I am immediately reminded of Mr. Ramsey and the kindness, support and care that he offered me so many years ago when I myself was a young, naive, and anxious high school student. I remember how difficult it can be to make that transition from a child to a young adult in our society and in high school in particular. I also am immediately reminded of all of the teachers, like Mr. Ramsey who I felt not only cared about me academically but also about me as an individual and as a person. It was because of teacher’s like him that were there to teach, support, guide, act as a role model and sometimes just listen that helped me to one day decide that I myself wanted to be that “Mr. Ramsey” for someone else. I have never forgotten how difficult adolescence can be and how important it is to have people in your life who care and are there to support and guide one into adulthood.
Core Educational Belief
My core educational beliefs are quite simple. First, I believe in the development and fostering of the whole child. As an educator my job is to help children develop into successful, productive, happy young men and women. Academics are essential to this equation, but equally as important is a student’s emotional, physical, social, moral, character, work ethic, and sense of self development. Second, I believe that all children can and inherently want to learn. Part of my job is to help them learn about themselves so they can determine how they most effectively are able to learn new information and concepts and make real life, meaningful connections. Finally, I believe that all students possess their own special talents and gifts unique to them. Some students’ talents clearly lie in scholar and academia which is to be rightfully celebrated, but not every student was meant to be, nor should be an academic scholar. In my career as an educator I have been amazed by so many uniquely talented students in art, music, dance, sports, drama, theater, culinary and a myriad of other areas that should also be recognized and celebrated. Albert Einstein may have stated this most eloquently when he said, “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I believe that every child and young adult is a genius with talents to offer to the world.
2021 – Present – Principal, Ironwood Ridge High School (IRHS)
2015 – 2021 – Assistant Principal, – Operations & Facilities, Ironwood Ridge High School (IRHS)
2012 – 2015 – Assistant Principal, Wilson K-8 School
2005 – 2012 – Special Education Teacher, Canyon Del Oro High School
2004 – 2005 – Special Education Teacher, Learning Enhancement Center (William’s Unified School District)
1999 – 2004 – Direct Care Professional in several therapeutic group homes
1999 – 2001 – Substitute teacher for LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education)
Mr. Brent Spencer
Degrees & Certifications
- Bachelor of Science – Psychology – Arizona State University
- Bachelor of Science – Justice Studies (Criminal Justice) – Arizona State University
- Masters of Education – Special Education – Northern Arizona University
- Masters of Education – Educational Leadership – University of Arizona