Copper Trails Leadership

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Acting Principal

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Ilana Dawson

Ilana Dawson has been serving the Avondale Elementary School District for 12 years as a teacher, mentor, facilitator and administrator. During her time in the district, she has spearheaded initiatives that advance student achievement, responsibility, citizenship and overall success. Her focus centers on building positive relationships with students to help them pursue their passions and meet their goals while supporting their academic success through classroom support and guidance. Mrs. Dawson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University. 

Acting Assistant Principal

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Stacy Dobbins

Mrs. Stacy Dobbins joined the Avondale School District in 2005 after teaching in New York State. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has a wide variety of teaching experiences in grades preK through 12. These experiences include special education, alternative education, third grade and sixth grade math. She has been a mentor teacher and master teacher as well as serving on many committees and leadership teams. Her focus is on fostering a safe, positive school culture for teaching and learning. Her goal is student growth and achievement in both citizenship and academics.


Mrs. Dobbins holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary/Early Secondary Education with a minor in Public Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from the State University of New York at Cortland. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education from Binghamton University.

Dean of Students

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Nicole Neal