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Greetings from the Principal and Assistant Principal

Hello, my name is Gerad Ball, and I am the principal at Canyon Day Junior High School. I am working on my 26th year as a school administrator this school year. I started my career in Tucson and spent time in Pinetop as a principal in the Blue Ridge District. Before coming to WUSD, I worked as a principal in the Amphitheater District as a K-8 principal for 9 years. Ms. Ball and I have been married for 28 years and we have two adult boys. I like to fish and spend time in the outdoors. My educational philosophy is that all students deserve to learn and have unlimited potential.

Mr. Gerad Ball
CDJH Principal

TEL: (928) 358-5680

Mr. Michael Bilagody
CDJH Assistant Principal

My name is Michael S. Bilagody. Presently, I am serving as Canyon Day Junior High School Assistant Principal. I am originally from Tuba City, Arizona. I am a husband to my beautiful wife, Melissa, father to 6 beautiful children, and grandparent to 2 beautiful grandchildren. I am a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Northern Arizona University. While at Pennsylvania State University, I was curious about community programs and preventing truancy. I gained an undergraduate degree in Crime, Law, and Justice from Penn State. Prior to my graduation from Penn State, I completed an internship at Camp Verde, Arizona in which I completed a study on developing community programs that keep families and students engaged in before and after school programs such as tutoring, entertainment, and appropriate daycare programs.
I also helped to streamline reporting systems for attendance at schools and local juvenile justice courts and judges. While I completed that internship, I was drawn more toward understanding children and their propensity for learning. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master's degree in Special Education, cross-categorical. I am also a veteran of the Marine Corps and I am a participant in the national program of Troops-to-Teachers.

I am happy to serve as Assistant Principal.

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