About the Principal

Phone: (928) 688-4770


Degrees and Certifications:

Certifications: K-12 Principal; K-8 General Education; K-12 ESL; Middle Grades Science Degrees: Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, Northcentral University; Master of Educational Leadership (M.Ed), Grand Canyon University; Master of Teacher Education (M.T.E.), Eastern Oregon University; Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Multidisciplinary Studies, Eastern Oregon University

Ms. Tari Hardy

Ms. Tari D. Hardy has been the principal of Sanders Middle School since 2018, and is honored to also begin serving as the principal of Sanders Elementary School starting in the fall of 2020. Having taught every grade from kindergarten through 8th grade, and every subject at the 8th grade level, Ms. Hardy has a great deal of insight to offer in support of both schools. Her previous position was as Principal of Lowell Junior High in Bisbee, Arizona. Ms. Hardy has 20 years’ experience as a culturally-responsive educator. She has taught Native Alaskans in Chuathbaluk and Kotzebue. She has served inner-city youth in San Antonio, Texas, as well as borderlands students ranging from Douglas to Sierra Vista, Arizona. Ms. Hardy has a passion for student-empowerment through restorative practices that connect students’ own cultural strengths with content area standards. She is an expert in curriculum and instruction, and is working in a turnaround capacity to improve the teaching and learning expectations of our students from preschool through 8th grade. Ms. Hardy welcomes parent and community input, and looks forward to meeting with you to find solutions to issues that impact our students and families. Please let us know if you want to be a part of our school site council at either the middle school or the elementary school level!