Meet Our Principal

Hello Palominas families,

My name is Bart Nieuwenhuis, and I am the principal here at Palominas Elementary School. I have been a Cochise County resident most of my life. I graduated from Tombstone High School in 1977 and enrolled in college as an education major in 1978; however, a long journey filled with many life lessons side-tracked me. l finally made my way back to education in 2000 and finished my first master's degree in education in 2001. I taught in the Sierra Vista School District for 12 years before receiving my second master's degree in leadership and principalship in 2013.

I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, Heidi, my son, Bryant, his wife, Deva, my stepdaughter, Tiana, stepson, Tyler, and our granddaughters, Mackenzie and Olivia, as well as playing golf and wakeboarding in the summer.

I am proud to be a part of a dedicated staff who go above and beyond when giving to our students, educationally and socially, each and every day.

I believe home-school communication makes a learning community strong, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns. My door is always open.


Bart Nieuwenhuis

Palominas Elementary School Principal