Position:

Director and Principal for High School

Other Roles/Responsibilities:

Acting principal of College Prep

About Dr. Don Senneville

Dr. Senneville earned his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education from The University of Arizona. He holds Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Philosophy. He has served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Dean of the Adult Degree Program at Prescott College. He is one of the founders of Foothills Academy. As a teacher, he’s taught many years in the fields of social studies and English, including a stint at Hawaii’s 175 year old Punahou School. For ten years at Foothills Academy, he taught philosophy for high school students.

Education
Ph.D. Foundations of Education, University of Arizona
M.A. Philosophy, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
B.A. Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, CA
Graduate Work, Adult Education, Florida State University

Work Experience

Present: FA Director and HS Principal
1994 – 2016: Foothills Academy, Director
Prior:
Prescott College, Dean, Adult Degree Program
Prescott College, Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Paradise Restaurant Corp., Destin, FL, Director, Management Development
Punahou School, Honolulu, HI, Social Studies teacher
University of Hawaii, Philosophy for Children Program

The best thing about your role: The best thing about my role at Foothills Academy is keeping my focus on the mission of the school and how to meet the needs of that mission. I’m proud of the people who make up our teaching and administrative staff, and working with them as their director/principal is an honor.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Colors: Blue and Green
  • Food: Italian (in Italy), almost anything my wife makes
  • Book: Too many to pick just one
  • Subject: Literature
  • Hobby: Playing guitar
  • Sport: Basketball

If I wasn’t doing what I do now, I would be: Playing guitar and singing in a local bistro

Why did you choose to become an administrator?
I started to be interested in education in my third year of college, and though I was studying philosophy at the time, I began to see that the field of education has philosophical underpinnings that are highly important to be aware of and to study. The interaction between theory and practice in education became more and more interesting and important to me, to the point that I made the choice to study it and continue on to make our version of it happen.

Accomplishments
Foothills Academy has been an A-Rated and Excelling school for most of its existence. We’ve received a School of Merit award from the Arizona Charter Schools Association. We were awarded a Bronze Medal for our achievements by US News & World Report. For years, nearly 98% of our graduates go on to attend university. We have sent graduates to some of the best universities in the US. We were one of the first group of schools to be accredited by AdvancED, a prestigious multi-regional accrediting body.