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Synergy Public School
A Greater Future Awaits Through Synergy

Administration

The number-one priority of every administrator, teacher, and staff member at Synergy is to facilitate the success and growth of every student who enters our hallways. Our highly qualified teachers and staff take advantage of the latest curriculum guidelines and work together to provide our students with an educational experience that will prepare them for success in the 21st century.

We encourage good communication among parents and teachers, so if you have any questions or concerns, please call or e-mail. We’d love to hear from you!

Our Team

Melissa McKinsey
Executive Director
Biography

About Melissa McKinsey

Melissa McKinsey began her educational career 14 years ago in the Alhambra Elementary School District. Ms. McKinsey earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education with an early childhood emphasis from Arizona State University in 2002 and a master's degree in educational leadership with her Administrative Leadership Certification from Northern Arizona University in 2008. Ms. McKinsey's work experience includes first grade teacher, academic coach, reading specialist, assistant principal and principal at Westwood Primary School (a low socioeconomic and ethnically diverse school in Phoenix). In 2015, Ms. Mckinsey was selected to be a member of the New Schools for Phoenix Fellowship in preparation for opening a successful public school dedicated to improving the education for children in low income communities.

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Lori Weiss
Executive Director
Biography

About Lori Weiss

Lori Weiss spent 26 years in the Alhambra Elementary School District where she taught kindergarten through third grade, served as a reading facilitator, assistant principal, principal, and executive director of leadership development. Ms. Weiss has a proven record of success in working with educationally disadvantaged students. During her 10 years as principal at Westwood Primary, the school earned two A+ School of Excellence awards and an Excelling School label from the Arizona Department of Education (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010). In 2011, the Arizona Business and Education Association named Westwood an Arizona Higher Performing School. In 2010, Ms. Weiss was named a RODEL exemplary principal, an honor that recognizes proven leadership in high needs schools. Over the past seven years, she has worked with ASU's Beat the Odds, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona, mentoring principals across Maricopa County. In 2015, she was selected to be a member of the New Schools for Phoenix Fellowship in preparation for opening a successful public school dedicated to improving the education for children in low-income communities.

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Melanie Delvechio
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Biography

About Melanie Delvechio

Born and raised in California, Melanie Delvechio has a passion for teaching and learning. In 1998, she graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She began her teaching career in a Title 1 school in central Phoenix. In 2003, Ms. Delvechio became a collaborative peer teacher and Success For All reading facilitator. She continued to pursue her love of education by earning certificates and endorsements in early childhood, reading, and SEI. She spent 11 years coaching and supporting teachers in all academic areas to improve classroom instruction and developed curriculum and resources that led to an "Excelling A-grade" school. She received her master's of education in principalship from Northern Arizona University and became an assistant principal in 2015. Ms. Delvechio has received honors including the Excellence in Education Award and Employee of the Month.

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