Welcome to Manuel "Lito" Peña Jr. School

principal casey newmanDear Peña Families,

It is with tremendous excitement that I introduce myself as the new Principal of Manuel “Lito” Peña Jr. Elementary. I feel privileged to have the honor to lead this school. I have worked within the Cartwright School District for 17 years. I taught at Holiday Park Elementary for 13 years, and have been an Assistant Principal at Palm Lane Elementary the last four and a half years. Aside from providing an excellent education, my priorities rest in ensuring that all children are given a safe place to come and feel loved. This will lead to them becoming good-hearted people, that will contribute to society. I am eager to use my skills as the educational leader at Peña to provide this opportunity to students.


I was raised in Hawaii, and graduated from Minot State University. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Arizona to begin my career and start my family. I have a beautiful wife and two children, ages 14 and 11. Spending quality time together, building trust and character is invaluable and is the foundation of my family. I believe that family is very important and that is why I value parent input.  I believe that together, we are a team in preparing children for life-long success. I am confident that together we can make Peña an even greater place for students to attend!


I look forward to meeting you and getting to know each child!


Best Regards,

Casey Newman

Principal, Manuel “Lito” Peña Jr. Elementary


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