Principal's Message

  • Shaw Butte families,
    My name is Phil Garitson and I am honored to be the new principal at Shaw Butte Elementary School.  The previous 12 years, I have been the principal at Cholla Middle School. Prior to that, I was the principal at Ocotillo Elementary School. This is my 31st year in the Washington Elementary School District and I’m looking forward to a great school year at Shaw Butte!

    In the short time I have been on this campus, it has been very evident that this staff cares deeply about students and each other. My goal is to continue to foster positive teacher-student relationships as well as continue to build on the positive culture that is already in place.  Everyone on this campus will feel valued because their opinion matters to me.

    This year, we are looking forward to returning to a sense of normalcy within the school day, which is something we haven’t felt in a couple years. I look forward to seeing you throughout the year and should you have any questions, my door is always opened for you. In addition, please feel free to email me at should you have any questions or concerns.

    Phil Garitson
    Shaw Butte