July 27, 2022

Combs Introduces New Leadership in Curriculum Department

SAN TAN VALLEY, ARIZ.The J.O. Combs Unified School District is pleased to introduce two new administrators who have been selected to join the District leadership team. As of July 1, 2022, Dr. Tim Fountain and Denise Dunwoody will serve as the new Director and Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. 

Dr. Tim Fountain, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

Dr. Fountain is a veteran educator who joins Combs with more than 15 years of experience as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Prior to joining Combs, Dr. Fountain served as a Director for the Scottsdale Unified School District where he oversaw district teams in curriculum and instruction, professional development, and online learning. Dr. Fountain has successfully led several turnaround initiatives at the site level with expertise in data driven instruction and working with high needs schools. In 2018, he was named an exemplary principal by MCESA and led his school to an A+ award from the Arizona Education Foundation. Dr. Fountain holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Denise Dunwoody, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Denise Dunwoody is beginning her 19th year in education as the Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with Combs. She started her journey in education as a kindergarten teacher and then moved to middle school science. After eight years in the classroom, she served as Assessment Specialist, Science Coordinator, and Extended Learning Coordinator. Denise then made the leap into instructional leadership as a middle school assistant principal and then middle school principal. Her passion lies in bringing student voice to educational conversations, initiatives, and decision-making. Before her journey in education, she was an environmental engineer. Denise enjoys traveling with her husband of 21 years and their 11 year old son. 

"We couldn't be more thrilled about the breadth of knowledge and experience that Dr. Fountain and Denise bring to our team and students," said Dr. Gregory A. Wyman, Superintendent. "We've made such great strides in our journey with #Forward and personalized learning, and I can't wait to see how this work continues to flourish with their leadership."

For more information about the J.O. Combs Unified School District, please call (480) 987-5300 or visit

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About J.O. Combs Unified School District
Located in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the J.O. Combs Unified School District is a community of learners collaborating to ensure maximum academic and social growth for all students. Combs utilizes research-based practices and strategies delivered by highly competent employees who are committed to excellence in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Through five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, Combs proudly serves over 4,400 students annually, offering a comprehensive college and career ready educational environment.
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