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Meet the Principal 2021-2022

Angela Allen

Message from the Principal

Dear Ashton Ranch Families,

I am so excited to be here with the teachers, staff, students, and families of Ashton Ranch, as we embark upon a new adventure as a middle school. This will be my 16th year in the Dysart Unified School District.  I have served in various roles including teacher, academic interventionist, and assistant principal. I have often felt so fortunate over the years to have found this profession and believe that ensuring the best possible futures for our students is the most important and rewarding job we can do.  We are looking forward to many exciting and new opportunities for our students this year.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where I graduated from the University of Washington. After moving to Arizona, I attended Arizona State University, and learned to live in the desert heat. I have three children who are all in high school and college. We are proud members of the Surprise community and love exploring all of the beautiful sites our state has to offer.

As we move forward throughout the school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I can be contacted by email at [email protected], or by phone at 623-523-8302. I look forward to partnering with you, seeing our families at our school events, and doing my best every day for our students. 

Warm Regards,

Angela Allen

Jillian Strong

Message from the Assistant Principal

Greetings, Mustang Families!

I am so excited for this upcoming school year at Ashton Ranch Middle School, and I am looking forward to working with our families and students as the new year begins. My boys and I have been a part of the Dysart Unified School District family for seventeen years, and I was a teacher in the district for eight of those.  My time in the district has included a variety of teaching positions in both general education and special education, and I am passionate about meeting the needs of each individual learner, and their family, and working together to guide them towards success.

I am an Arizona native  and enjoy spending time with my family in the warm desert sun.  I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with dual certification in elementary and special education, and later continued my education as a Lumberjack to earn a Master's Degree in Educational Counseling. I then attended Grand Canyon University to achieve a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration.

I sincerely believe that each child's education is as strong as the team that is supporting them, and that each team is stronger when we are working together. Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. My email is [email protected], or you can call 623-523-8305. I look forward to working together to ensure your student's growth and success!


Jillian Linker
Assistant Principal