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Jennifer Jeras

Jennifer Jeras


Jennifer Jeras is the Principal of Explorer Middle School and works diligently with stakeholders to provide a stellar experience for students. This includes focusing on instructional leadership, enhancing a positive school climate, and leading school improvement initiatives.

Before being named Principal, Ms. Jeras was Dean of Students, and then Assistant Principal for Instructional Services at Paradise Valley High School. She also participated in PVSchools administrative training program (AIM), where she gained valuable insight on district culture and best practices. Additionally, during her career, Ms. Jeras has taught English at North Canyon High School, Pinnacle High School, and Shea Middle School.

Previous to her work in education, Ms. Jeras served as the Professional Services reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal and as an Entertainment Consultant for Applause Productions.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Master's in Educational Administration. 

Assistant Principal

Troy Fox

Troy Fox

Mr. Fox has been Explorer's Assistant Principal since 2016. He primarily oversees student services, facilities, and campus safety.  

Before being named the Assistant Principal at Explorer Middle School, Mr. Fox was the Dean of Students at Pinnacle High School. Additionally, he taught high school English at Pinnacle, in two other valley districts, and Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Previous to his work in education, Mr. Fox was a police officer and detective for the Grand Rapids Police Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

Dean of Students

Leah Jenks

Leah Jenks

I am so excited to be your full-time Dean of Students. I came to Paradise as an instructional coach at Liberty Elementary and Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary. I am an Arizona native, growing up in Tucson and coming to the Valley to earn my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from ASU and Master's degree in Educational Administration from GCU.

During my time in education, I've taught 3rd grade and middle school science, as well as serving students as a Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. 8th graders are my absolute favorite age of students to work with!

My husband (a Paradise Valley alum) and I live in Anthem with our two girls.

I value deep collaboration with our parents and students and strive to provide open communication. I look forward to serving our students and community this year!