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Engineering tomorrow's leaders today

Meet the Principal

a message from our principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I am humbled by the prestigious opportunity to serve as principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy where we are “Engineering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” As your child’s principal, I look forward to the opportunity to provide the best possible education for all of our students. 

This school year marks my seventeenth year in education. I have served as an administrator for the last seven of those years, with three as the principal of GPA. 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, two of whom are Aviators. I enjoy being active, reading non-fiction, and touring this amazing state. 

I promise to work daily to lead here at GPA in providing a safe environment for all students to learn. I am committed to supporting challenging instruction for each child. I also am committed to listening to the community in reaching goals of 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