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Lake Havasu Unified School District promotes two from within its own ranks

May 18, 2019

May 23 is the last day of classes for students in the Lake Havasu Unified School District. But for district directors, the countdown to the first day of school is just beginning.

In preparation for the first day of school in 11 weeks, the district is assembling its team of administrators for the coming school year. Two new faces will be joining that team at Lake Havasu High School and Thunderbolt Middle School.

Jaime Festa-Dagle, the district’s personnel director, said Dustin Zampogna has been approved as the high school’s newest assistant principal and Lindsay Bitterman was named as Thunderbolt’s new assistant principal.

“LHUSD is excited that these exceptional teachers have accepted the challenge as leaders within their schools. We are committed to growing our own at all levels and Dustin and Lindsay are great examples of that,” Festa-Dagle said. “They have both been recognized for their work in the classroom, they will be an asset to our leadership team.”

Zampogna earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Canisius College. He also earned a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University. Zampogna is a national board certified teacher in the area of physical education (early adolescent through young adult).

“He has taught for nine years in grades K-12, bringing experience from our elementary schools, Thunderbolt Middle School and most recently, the high school,” Festa-Dagle said. “Mr. Zampogna has been displaying his leadership abilities serving on both school and district wide committees, as a teacher lead, as the assistant football coach, and as the head track coach. We are pleased that he has accepted the challenge and look forward to the success he will bring to his new position and our school.”

Besides being promoted to administration posts at the same time, Zampogna and Bitterman share another feature in common. Both have spouses who also are employed by the district, although at different schools.

Zampogna’s wife, Courtney, is a teacher at Starline Elementary. Bitterman’s husband, Brett, is principal at Oro Grande Classical Academy.

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