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Emily Dean
Courtney Pearce

Dear Asante Preparatory Academy Families, 

 I am extremely excited to be able to serve as the Principal at Asante Preparatory Academy. I began my educational journey almost twenty years ago as a classroom teacher.  I have had some amazing opportunities in the last two decades in various roles including teacher, media specialist, assistant principal, principal, and as an educational consultant in the states of Arizona and New York.   While I was originally born in Indiana, I grew up in a military family and moved around most of my childhood. I then married a Marine and continued to travel until my husband and I decided to settle down with our family in Arizona. 

 Since we established our roots here in 1999, my husband and I have become proud members of our community and have raised our two children here.  I believe that each child deserves the very best education and should have the opportunity to  achieve his/her personal best.  I am committed to working collaboratively together to create a culture of excellence here in our school community for all students. 

 Please do not hesitate to email me at, or you can call me at 623-523-8900 with any questions or to discuss opportunities to be involved in our school community.  I look forward to working with you!


Emily Dean


Dear Asante Preparatory Academy Families, 

I am honored to serve as the Assistant Principal at Asante Preparatory Academy. Together we will continue to make Asante Prep the best K-5 school in the West Valley.  I graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Educational Leadership. During my career I have been an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, mentor teacher and Teaching & Learning Specialist. I am passionate about creating rigorous learning environments to ensure our students can be competitive as they enter middle school, high school and beyond.

While originally from Southern California, I have called Arizona home for over 10 years. My husband and I recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy to our family and are loving life as new parents! We enjoy spending time at the lake, hiking, and camping with our dog, Hurley and son, Tucker. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I look forward to partnering with each and every family to ensure their child has the best experience at APA.  

Thank You,

 Courtney Martin

 Assistant Principal