Meet the Founders!
Mr. Greg Miller and Mrs. Pam Miller founded Challenge Charter School in 1996 with a shared passion for putting kids first in education
Mrs. Miller served on the Paradise Valley Unified District Governing Board for 8 years including one as President of the Board as well as the United Parent Council president representing thousands of parents in PVUSD. In addition, she was an active and dedicated volunteer inside of her own children’s classrooms and campuses, as well as serving on committees and boards to further kids’ causes. She has an extensive business background, having owned more than one business in her early career, and was in Finance when the couple’s shared passion and activism in education led them to travel a different road and make the dream of putting kids first in education a reality at Challenge Charter School.
Mrs. Miller has held several important administrative positions at CCS including: Administrative Manager/Vice Principal, the Ex. Director of the non-profit company, and a Vice President of the corporate board.
Mr. Greg Miller was a Senior Level Manager in the Civil Engineering and Land Planning business for over 25 years. Having been very successful in the corporate world, he now says, “Nothing I accomplished in those years ever felt as good as a hug from a Kindergartner that is excited to be at school that day.” Mr. Miller held a short term high school math and science special education teaching position, in addition to extensive education volunteerism like Mrs. Miller. Mr. Greg Miller was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the Arizona State Board of Education in 2010 and reappointed in March, 2014 as the Boards’ Vice President for two terms and President for two terms.
At CCS, Mr. Miller has served as Principal, the CEO of the non-profit company, and President of its Corporate Board.
The Millers’ passion for putting kids first in education has had a local, state, and national impact on education reform. They have been recognized for these contributions locally and nationally. Read more about their accomplishments here…
Meet the Principal!
Ms. Wendy Miller joined the CCS team in 1999 shortly after graduating from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Public Administration. She began at the front desk learning all operations of the school from the ground up. In 2002 she was made a member of the Corporate Board. In 2004, she was promoted from the Executive Administrative Manager to become the school’s Vice Principal. In 2008, Mr. Miller turned over the Principalship to Ms. Miller and in the same year she graduated with her MBA from the W.P. Carey Program at ASU. She has since also been promtoed to the school’s current CEO.
She is passionate about carrying forward her parent’s founding vision and mission to always put kids first. Ms. Miller is a Phoenicians Board of Directors member for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce building stronger partnerships between the business and education community and she serves on the Center for Education’s National Grassroots Advisory Board .
School Management also includes the school’s Master Teachers, Grade Coordinators, Departmental Managers, the Corporate Board of Directors (Challenge is a 501(c)3 non-profit), and the School Advisory Council.
Meet the Assistant Principal!
Mrs. Karen Torres has been a valued member of the CCS Family for 13 years and brings unique talents and diversified experience to better the CCS Administration. She has over 27 years in education, 12 of those years here at CCS marveling CCS 6th graders with her passion for history and bringing the Core Knowledge curriculum to life daily in her classroom. She has been an exceptional Leader empowering other teachers as a Grade Coordinator in the 6th grade and also serving students and teachers across campus in many capacities as a Master Teacher since 2013.
Mrs. Torres has diversified education, business, and counselling experience and has served as a Leader for Neighborhood Partners with the PSA. Partnering with Washington School District, she was able to mentor and direct students in need and assist them in building life skills for successful futures and strong family partnerships. Mrs. Torres holds her Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University in History with a minor in Sociology, as well as a Masters in Counselling from the University of Phoenix.