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Principal

Kathleen Loker

Kathleen Loker

First and foremost, I want to assure you that my priority as principal is to ensure our students and faculty's safety and well-being. In doing so, we will be able to pursue our shared vision of empowering every NCHS student for a lifetime of success.

As a first-generation college graduate and an IB Program graduate, I deeply believe in the promise of public education and the incredible potential of our students. I launched my career in education with Teach for America as a secondary math teacher. My success in the classroom, as well as leading campus-wide math interventions and an ACT Academy to enhance college readiness, qualified me for a fellowship with Arizona State University and Teach for America for my master's in Educational Leadership.

I bring experience as a former Assistant Principal of Instruction at Maryvale High School and experience with safety and operations as a Teacher on Assignment at Cesar Chavez High School in the Office of Student Success. My teaching experience and instructional leadership have prepared me to lead the Rattler community, and my passion for educational access and equity will drive my leadership every day.

Contact Ms. Loker

Administrative Assistant Jean Kenney: 602-449-5002

Assistant Principal

Matthew Lersch

Matthew Lersch

Matthew Lersch started as Assistant Principal at North Canyon High School in the 2020-2021 school year. Previously, he worked in the Phoenix Union High School District; first as a Special Education Facilitator, then as the Academy Principal of Science and Technology at South Mountain High School. Matt entered education through Teach For America in 2006 and began as a Special Education Teacher at Tolleson Union High School. A local of Phoenix, Matt graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and studied Political Science and History at The University of Arizona. He has two advanced degrees from Arizona State University in Special Education and Educational Leadership. 

Matt believes educational leaders must work to end educational inequity through quality teaching and have an unwavering commitment to students and families. Matt brings his belief ALL students can be successful to North Canyon High School, describing our students as the most compassionate, focused and ambitious students in North Phoenix. Their drive deepens his commitment to providing welcoming, safe and rigorous learning environments which prepare ALL students for their Journey of Excellence.

Matt is part of the PVSchools community and has two young children who attend PVSchools. 

Contact Mr. Lersch

Administrative Assistant Shauna Baranowski: 602-449-5032

Assistant Principal

Katie Hansen

Dean of Students

Beau Bennett