Garen Austin is a native of this great state, and was raised in a small town in southeast Arizona. Growing up in a household of teachers, Garen always dreamed of becoming an educator. Garen graduated from Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education. Shortly thereafter Garen attended Northern Arizona University, and received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, graduating with Distinction. Currently, Garen holds both Arizona Teaching and Principal Certificates. Garen is also a certified Instructor of Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Since joining The ACES in 2000, Garen has worked in every ACES program and age group comprised of students with emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other educational challenges. Garen spent 6 years in various classroom capacities to include teaching in cross categorical classrooms at the Jr. High and High School levels as well as serving in coordinator positions for The ACES Jr. High, Jumpstart Vocational, and Rising Stars Autism Program. Starting in 2006, Garen spent 2 years as principal of The ACES Tempe campus followed by 5 years as Principal of the Peoria campus. In 2013, Garen accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for The ACES. It is a dream come true for Garen to have the privilege of working with our exceptional students and excellent staff on all three campuses.
When he is not at one of the schools, Garen spends his time with his wife and 3 kids. His two sons and a daughter, keep him on his toes.