Carrie Brennan received her MA from the College of Education at the University of Arizona. She did her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, with a major in history and minors in women’s studies and education.
Carrie was City High School’s founding principal. In July 2015, her leadership role transitioned to focus on the school’s umbrella nonprofit organization, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. Prior to City High School, Carrie taught high school history teacher for 15 years in Arizona and New Hampshire. Most of her classroom experience was at Catalina Foothills High School, where she was part of the founding faculty in 1992 and taught for 11 years.
Carrie has an extensive background in leading professional development workshops for teachers in Arizona and nationally. Her areas of expertise include professional learning communities, especially Critical Friends Groups; performance-based assessment; and small school reform. She co-directed the Southern Arizona Writing Project’s Teacher Research Institute at the University of Arizona from 2000-2003.
In 2002, Carrie received the annual Exemplary Teacher Award from the Southern Arizona Writing Project. She made the Tucson Citizen’s 40-Under-40 list in 2006 for her leadership role in the field of education. In 2008, Carrie received the statewide Circle of Honor award recognizing Arizona’s top 1% of principals in K-12 schools.
Carrie serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. She lives in historic downtown Tucson with her husband and sons.