Landa Tartaglio

Landa Tartaglio takes over as Peoria High School’s principal July 1, after she wraps her job as assistant principal at Raymond S. Kellis High School.

The Peoria Unified Governing Board tapped Landa Tartaglio to lead Peoria High School as its new principal during the governing body’s May 27 meeting. 

This spring, longtime principal Paul Bower announced his retirement.

“I want to take this opportunity to express what an honor it has been to serve you, your children and our school the past several years,” Bower said. 

“One of our goals at the Peoria High School has been to help all of us determine our ‘why’ — because when we know our ‘why,’ the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of life become more apparent. My ‘why’ for the past 36 years has been to help young people realize their amazing potential. Although my ‘why’ will still remain, my ‘what’ and ‘how’ will change from that of being a professional educator to that of a professional grandfather. I will be retiring as principal of the first and best high school in Peoria Unified at the end of the school year.”

Tartaglio brings more than 25 years of experience in education. She has been with Peoria Unified since 1998, serving as a teacher, Title I facilitator, instructional specialist, assistant principal and elementary school principal. She is also a Peoria High School parent. 

Tartaglio holds the Arizona Principal (K-12), Arizona Teaching and Intel Master Teaching certificates. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a master’s in educational leadership from NAU.

Tartaglio will transition from her current leadership role as assistant principal at Raymond S. Kellis High School and will take the helm at Peoria High School on July 1.

Peoria High School, the oldest high school in Peoria Unified, opened to students in 1922 and is home to the historic building, Old Main, which sits on the Peoria High School campus.