Mr. Johnson

It is with great pride that I introduce myself as the new principal of Copper Basin K-8. I am honored to join your community for the second half of the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to joining FUSD, I served as a middle school science and social studies teacher, Dean of Students, and assistant principal. This is my fourth year in the Florence Unified School District, where I worked as an assistant principal at Skyline Ranch K-8 and Circle Cross Ranch Stem Academy. I believe children have a greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill the love of learning in our students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.  

Mrs. Burnett
Assistant Principal

Hi, I’m Christine Burnett. I have been in administration for 2 years, and in education for 12 years.  Prior to that I was a Preschool Teacher and a Children’s Librarian back in Iowa.  I am a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in History in 1993, and Teacher Certification from Rio Salado College in 2005. I obtained my Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2014, and after two years at Skyline Ranch K-8 as Master Teacher, returned home as Assistant Principal here at Copper Basin K-8, where I had been a primary teacher for 8 years.  I believe all children are capable of learning, and that excellent instruction and assessment by teachers drive that instruction.  I believe in working until the task is completed, and that resilience is what has placed me here at FUSD.  I am a product of public schools, and I firmly believe that all children deserve the best education no matter what.  They are the future.

 I am happily married to my high-school sweetheart of 29 years this May, Jeff.  We have a daughter, Madison who will turn 21 this spring.  She is a Junior at ASU majoring in Film and Media Production with an emphasis in Sound Post Production.  She works part time for a wedding cinematography business in Gilbert as a COO, videographer and editor.  She is our pride and joy!  We enjoy TV, Film, hiking and trips to California and the beach as a family.