Hello and welcome to Innovation Academy! My name is Michael P. McConnell and I am so excited and honored to be your Principal. I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, two blocks from Arizona State University. In 1991 I made the brilliant decision to move to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood. I spent 11 years teaching Kindergarten at E.C. Nash Elementary School. In 2004 I decided I wanted something different, so I went back to school and earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. My beautiful wife Marisa is a Reading Intervention Teacher at Mesa Verde Elementary School. We have two wonderful boys. Cadden completed a five year enlistment in the U.S. Army and is attending school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. Colby works at Wells Fargo bank and is in the process of earning his business degree at the University of Arizona.
Defining Moment in Education
As a child I struggled to read and I did not find school enjoyable. It wasn't until 6th grade that I started to enjoy school. My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Hobson was the first teacher who understood me and made it her mission to make sure I learned to read. She took the time to tutor me before school, after school, and sometimes even at lunch. One morning she told me that it really bothered her that I did not like school and that I did not like to read. That morning she told me that it was her duty to make sure that I learned to read and begin to love school. She did! I do! Mrs. Hobson is the reason that I am where I am today!
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe that all children are brilliant and that as adults it is our responsibility to help them find and share their brilliance with the world.
- Kindergarten Teacher 11 years E.C. Nash Elementary School
- Instructional Support Assistant 2 years L.M. Prince Elementary School
- Assistant Principal 3 years Coronado K-8 School
- Principal 5 years Lulu Walker Elementary School
Degrees & Certifications
BA in Elementary Education-University of Arizona
Master of Education in Eduactional Leadership-Northern Arizona University
STEM Leadership Certificate-Teachers College of Columbia University