Scottsdale Elementary Principal On LGBTQ+ Activist Board Wins Principal Of Year

Scottsdale Elementary Principal On LGBTQ+ Activist Board Wins Principal Of Year

By Corinne Murdock |

A Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) principal serving on the board of a prominent LGBTQ+ activist group has won principal of the year.

Pueblo Elementary School Principal Shelley Hummon won the 2023 National Distinguished Principal (NDP) from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The Arizona School Administrators’ (ASA) Elementary Division selected her to win. Hummon also serves on the board of one-n-ten, a Phoenix-based LGBTQ+ activist group targeting minors and young adults.

As part of the award, Hummon will be flown to Washington, D.C. in October for formal recognition at an NAESP event.

Like one-n-ten, NAESP supports promoting LGBTQ+ ideologies among children. NAESP expanded its focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in recent years to include gender identity and sexual orientation. 

In June 2021, NAESP featured another elementary school principal, Seth Daub of Orange County Public Schools, to argue that educators should guide children in LGBTQ+ beliefs.

“When addressing the topic of LGBTQ inclusion at the elementary school level, schools need to exhibit much more than mere tolerance,” wrote Daub. “Educators must make the conscious choice to accept, embrace, and celebrate it, and must do so without question and without hesitation.”

NAESP, like one-n-ten, also opposes the exclusion of males identifying as females from female sports and private spaces. 

Another significant one-n-ten board member is Tracy Nadzieja, the first transgender judicial officer in Arizona. Nadzieja, a man who identifies as a woman, has served on the Maricopa County Superior Court bench since 2018. Nadzieja also volunteers with the women’s collegiate fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG). (KKG is considered a “women’s fraternity” because it was founded before the creation of the term “sorority.”)

Other one-n-ten board members are:

  • Rick McCartney (chair), CEO of InMedia Company and board member for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and Gov. Katie Hobbs’ Workforce Council; 
  • Kris Cano (vice chair), WestWorld general manager and former Scottsdale Police Department forensics director; 
  • Scott Greenwood (treasurer), longtime ACLU general counsel, board member, and executive committee member; 
  • David Cane (secretary), Wag! executive and former Uber program lead; 
  • Cory Braddock, partner at Snell & Wilmer law firm; 
  • Bev Crair, senior vice president for Oracle Corporation; 
  • Calvin Cole, vice president of AmTrust Bank and board member for Terros Health, Keogh Health Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley; 
  • Angie Dittrich, American Express senior manager and lead for the company’s PRIDE+ Colleague Network; 
  • Darryl Embrey, Vanguard senior business technology project manager;
  • Valdo Figueroa, Wells Fargo senior technology operations manager and formerly Bank of America senior vice president;
  • Lou Goodman, retired Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections executive and pro tem Maricopa County justice of the peace;
  • Floyd Hardin III, Rio Salado College’s executive officer of equity and college relations;
  • Manuel (Manny) Soto-Griego, health information management professional and Arizona Health Information Management Association board member;
  • Sima Thakkar, Raza Development Fund senior director of health & climate equity, with former roles as regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities, and manager of the city of San Diego’s Community Development Programs on affordable housing and homelessness;
  • Judie Verb, U.S. Bank executive vice president, Arizona Council on Economic Education board member, and Government Relations Council member for Consumer Bankers Association;
  • Nate Rhoton (one-n-ten CEO), chair of the city of Phoenix’s Human Relations Commission, vice chair of Leading for Change, member of Maricopa County Community Colleges’ LGBTQ Advisory to the Chancellor, with former roles as a Human Rights Campaign steering committee member, Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce board member, and Equality Arizona board of directors co-chair. 

Sponsors of one-n-ten include American Airlines, Cox, SRP, Tito’s Vodka, and Estrella Jalisco. 

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to