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Principal

Melissa Molzhon

Melissa Molzhon

Dear North Canyon Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I serve as your principal at North Canyon High School. I love being a part of the Rattler Family! I enjoy working with our incredible staff and getting to know our exceptional students that make North Canyon such an exciting and challenging learning environment. 

Originally from Iowa, I moved to Arizona in 1986. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Arizona State University, and I completed my Masters in Administration at Northern Arizona University. 

The Paradise Valley School District has been my professional home since 2003, when I began my teaching career. Before North Canyon High School, I had the honor of serving the Boulder Creek Elementary Community as their principal. I feel fortunate to be working in a district known for making such a difference in our students, lives. 

On a personal note, my love and knowledge of the PVUSD community extends beyond being an educator. I have three children in their twenties who attended Cactus View Elementary, Vista Verde Middle School and graduated from North Canyon High School. My husband and I also reside in the community and have for 29 years. 

I am eager to work with you to continue the many incredible programs and the education excellence that North Canyon is known for. I believe that communication, collaboration, and inclusivity are the essential components in building a positive environment where students gain the necessary experiences to become college and career ready amd, ultimately, a well-rounded, productive citizen. I consider it an honor and privilege to be working with such an outstanding group of students, staff, and stakeholders. 

I look forward to getting to know you and working with you! Go Rattlers!

Melissa L. Molzhon

Assistant Principal

Matthew Lersch

Matthew Lersch

Matthew Lersch is in his first year as Assistant Principal at North Canyon High School and 15th year in education. Previously, he worked in the Phoenix Union High School District; first as a Special Education Facilitator, and 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 PVUSD community and has two young children (4 and 2). He is excited for his children to begin their educational journey in PV and came to the district to live, work, and have children learn in PVUSD. 

Contact Mr. Lersch:

Administrative Assistant Jeanne Freed: 602-449-5032

Assistant Principal

Katie Hansen

Dean of Students

Mariah Barber