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Meet the Principal

a message from our principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I am very humbled by the prestigious opportunity to serve as principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy. I am excited to join in the commitment to “Engineering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” As the school is beginning its journey to becoming the flagship school, there are already so many strong, innovative, celebrations of note paving the way for a future of accolades. As your child’s principal, I look forward to the opportunity to provide the best possible education for all of our students. 

This next school year marks my fifteenth year in education. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University and my master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Out of college, seeking a position as first grade teacher and not yet knowing that life throws curve balls, I accepted a job in Tempe, Arizona, as an eighth grade language arts teacher. After two years, I earned my secondary education certificate and began teaching at a neighboring high school to both teach English and coach. Most recently prior to joining Queen Creek, I served as assistant principal of educational services for Williams Field High School.  

On a personal note, I landed in Arizona via Illinois. My mother was a dairy farmer before marrying my businessman father and settling in the Chicago suburbs. My three brothers and I spent much of our time in athletic arenas, eventually providing me the unique opportunity to play softball at the collegiate level for WMU — Go Broncos! I met my husband here in beautiful, sunny Arizona on a softball field, and we have made Arizona our home. We have three wonderful kids who keep us very busy. I enjoy being active, reading non-fiction, and touring this amazing state.  

I look forward to meeting with you all soon. I will work to provide opportunities to listen and discuss the best way to provide a successful school environment for your child and to continue fostering the success of Gateway Polytechnic Academy.  


Allison Carmichael

Allison Carmichael 

Gateway Polytechnic Academy
5149 S. Signal Butte
Mesa, AZ  85212
Phone:  (480) 987-7440
Fax:  (480) 986-1848
Engineering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today