Message from Mary: EMS Principal and CFO

Dear Parents and other Friends,

We’ve had a great week at Arkansas Arts Academy for numerous reasons, one of which being the board was able to hire two exceptional administrators. 

Matt Young will be our Elementary / Middle School principal.  Matt is one of the finest principals I know.  He will know every kids’ name and yours too.  You will see him out on the carline greeting you and welcoming all students.  You will see test scores improve and you will see real innovation.  He will roll up his sleeves, recruit parents, and fix up our facility.  Matt has a wealth of educational experience, including time as principal of R. E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville and most recently Cooper Elementary School in Bella Vista.  Matt understands our vision of becoming a national model and he will help make it happen.  Matt wants to be part of this community.  He just bought a home with his wife, Carla, in Rogers and will enroll his own children in the school. He is in it to win it and for the long haul.

Nathalie Brunell, a Certified Public Accountant, joins our administrative team as Chief Financial Officer.  She is a resident of Rogers and has served as both Director of Accounting and most recently CFO for Bentonville Public Schools.  Nathalie has years of experience in school auditing and financial management.  She will stretch our funding to benefit students and staff and is one of the most ethical people I know.

Please welcome our new leadership and thank them for joining our fine art institution. 

Mary Ley