PES Leadership

Last Updated: 1/5/2023 11:21 PM

Michelle May

Michelle May
PES Principal

Michelle moved to Arizona in 1971, where she has lived ever since. In 2017, she moved to Payson where she began working for PUSD.  Together, she and her husband have two grown children and a beautiful granddaughter.  Our daughter serves as a behavioral specialist in the valley, and our son proudly serves in the Air Force.  Michelle enjoys traveling, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. Holding a Bachelors of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, and two Master’s of Education degrees from Northern Arizona University, she has been in the education field since 1995 and has served as an Administrator since 2008.  Michelle is passionate about helping to educate and prepare our next generation to be successful citizens and leaders of tomorrow. 


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Kelly Mercado
Principal's Secretary

Kelly has been with Payson Elementary since 2007. She started as a volunteer! She has had several positions in our district, including paraprofessional, volunteer coordinator, and attendance secretary. In 2011 she became the Principal's secretary. She is the happy welcoming face that you see when you walk into PES!


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Jamie Goldman
Instructional Coach

I have been in the Payson Unified School District since 1997. I have taught most grades K-8th. I am currently the Instructional Coach at Payson Elementary.


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Michael McEntire

My wife and I have been married for 24 years and have lived in Payson for 19. We have 4 kids and all of them have had great experiences in Payson schools. All four of them started at PES and two have now graduated from PHS.
    I have a Master's degree in counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, a pretty but very hot city. Payson is so much better. I enjoy helping kids and assisting parents who are doing the difficult but rewarding work of raising children.