Mr. Peter Deswood, III is a high school principal in Farmington, NM. Mr. Deswood is originally from Arizona, but he grew up in Farmington. He has been in education for 13 years. While teaching, he also coached football, basketball, track & field, and volleyball. He has taught within the Farmington Municipal Schools, the Indian Community School in Milwaukee, WI, and on the Navajo Indian Reservation at Chooshgai Community School in Tohatchi, NM. In addition, he has been an adjunct instructor for the school of business and mathematics at San Juan College.
Mr. Deswood is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. His research is focused on instructional leadership and American Indian Self-Determination. In addition, he has a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification from Penn State University. He received a B. S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also a B. A. in Accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Peter also serves as board member for Navajo Agricultural Products Industries (NAPI). Mr. Deswood has three beautiful daughters: ages 22, 11, and 8 years old. His wife is a assistant professor.
My name is Jay Gardenhire, and I'll be the new Assistant Principal at Rocinante next school year. I've been a teacher and administrator in the Farmington District for 24 years. I was a 4th grade teacher for 16 years, an Elementary Principal for 5 years, and a Middle School Principal for 3 years. I've been married for 26 years to my beautiful wife, Angela, who has been a teacher in the district for 19 years. We have 3 children, 2 boys, and 1 girl.
My oldest son, Alex, graduated from Piedra Vista in 2014 where he played football for 4 years, and represented the North in the state all star game his Senior year. My other son, Brandon, graduated from Piedra Vista in 2017 where he played football, basketball, and baseball his Freshman and Sophomore year, and concentrated on only baseball his Junior and Senior year. He just completed his first year of college baseball at Dawson Junior College in Montana. My daughter, Jadyn, is about to complete her 7th grade year at Heights Middle School, where she plays Volleyball and participates in numerous academic clubs. I'm looking forward to working with all the wonderful staff, students, and parents at Rocinante!! Thank you for the opportunity!