PHS Leadership

Last Updated: 7/26/2021 8:28 PM

 

Jeff Simon

Jeff Simon
PHS Principal
 

Hello, My name is Jeff Simon and I am the Principal of Payson High Schools here in Payson Arizona. My wife and 3 kids have been in Payson since 2013 where I served as Assistant Principal of Payson High School through the 2016-2017 school year. In the 2017-2018 school year, I was promoted to Principal of Payson High School. In 2020-2021, Payson High School, Payson Center for Success and Payson Center For Success Online became one school which dubbed my position as Principal of Payson High Schools.  During this time I have been lucky enough to be named NASSP/ ASA Arizona’s Principal of the Year 2020-2021 and NASSP/ ASA Arizona’s Assistant Principal of the Year 2016-2017.  

After graduating high school from Craig Colorado, I went to Regis University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree in Social Studies, Secondary Education in 2000. In 2006 I continued my education by earning two masters degrees from Walden University. Both degrees are Masters of Science in Education but in 2007 I graduated with an emphasis in Technology and Curriculum and in 2009 with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.

It’s Great to be a Longhorn!!

 

Yvette Harpe

 Yvette Harpe
PHS Assistant Principal

Mrs. Harpe started her career in education in 1993 as a middle school teacher and coach in Meridian, Idaho.  She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Boise State University. 
Upon earning her Masters in Educational Leadership at Northwest Nazarene University she accepted a position as the Rim Country Middle School assistant principal (in PUSD) in 2004.  

After gaining experience as a principal in two other Arizona districts, Mrs. Harpe returned to Payson Unified School District as a teacher and in 2020 became the Payson High Schools assistant principal.

Mrs. Harpe had two children attend the majority of their education in PUSD.  She wants to continue to be a leader that focuses on improvement and providing opportunities for students.  Mrs. Harpe is proud to support students in their journey of learning, growing, and becoming responsible adults and community members. 

When not at work, Mrs. Harpe enjoys golfing with her husband and son, playing with her granddaughter, visiting her daughter in Oregon, and taking her dogs for walks in the forest. 

 

Renae Short

Renae Short
PCS Lead Teacher
 

Renae Short grew up in Kinston, Alabama. In 1991, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the University of Alabama Birmingham for both her Bachelors of Science in Education and her Masters in Secondary Education. Renae has been teaching mathematics and special education as well as school administration since 1996. She moved to Payson with her husband and canine kids in 2012 to teach mathematics and special education. She became the PCS Lead Teacher in 2020. 

 

Brian Young

Brian Young
Instructional Coach
 

Brian has been at PHS for 16 years. He has been serving in the role of instructional coach for the past 5. Brian is also the head baseball coach at PHS and has been coaching for 16 years.

 

Ashli Brownlee

Ashli Brownlee
Principal's Secretary

Ms. Brownlee will be beginning her fourth year at Payson High School in the 21-22 school year.  She enjoys her job of assisting the administrative team in the Admin Office.  She handles parent phones calls, campus scheduling, and the day to day business of PHS.  One of Ms. Brownlee's favorite things is interacting with students, including getting to work with the Office TA's.

Outside of school, Ms. Brownlee has two students that attend school in the Payson Unified School District.  She enjoys all the activities that her kids are in, being active and volunteering in the Payson Community, including in her local church.  Feel free to stop by the Administration Office anytime for assistance or just to say hello.