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Executive Principal - Mrs. Norma Derby

Norma Derby

Norma Derby has been an educator for 26 years, the last 7 years of which have been as the proud principal of AMS-MASSA. Graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, she began her career as a Special Education teacher. She relocated to Tucson, AZ in 2001 where she explored other teaching opportunities, in varies grade levels as a general education teacher and as a Specials teacher at AMS-Prince.  Ms. Norma received her master’s degree in educational leadership in 2014 from Northern Arizona University.  Immediately after graduating she was hired by the Tucson Unified School District as an Assistant Director in the Exceptional Education Department. These years were very formative in her development as a leader by solidifying the importance of equity of all learners.  In 2016, she moved into her current role as principal of MASSA. 

Norma is a devoted wife to her husband, William, of 19 years and a mother of three a 23-year-old Son, an 18-year-old Daughter, and a 9-year-old Son.  She loves to spend time with her family, travel, cook her favorite childhood recipes for the holidays and play with her Aussie-doodle, Penny.


Resident Principal - Mrs. Alicia Morris

 Alicia Morris

Mrs. Alicia Morris has 13+ years educational experience working with K-8 students in Mississippi, Arizona, and France. She is originally from Phoenix, but graduated from The University of Arizona with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics and French and from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Educational leadership. Alicia has served as Assistant Principal of Academics at MASSA for 5 years. She has a spouse who has devoted his career to being a teacher and a young, energetic son who loves to keep his parents on their toes! Alicia is passionate about educational equity and thrives on coaching teachers to help provide the best educational opportunities for their scholars.



Assistant Principal - Kimberlin Garcia




Assistant Principal - Rod Edmond




Assistant Principal - Dara Good





Head of Operations - Marcela Dominguez Chavira






*A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request at school grounds.