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PHS principal sees life from different angle

In one of her English classes, Anna Van Zile had her students design a vanity license plate with words that best described them. For her license plate, Van Zile wrote in italicized letters: “CNLIFE.” She translated what it meant for her class: seeing life at a slant. This has double meaning for Van Zile. She looks different because of her Asian heritage, and she also looks at life differently from everyone else. “I don’t see solutions as everyone else does,” she said. She also believes students benefit from understanding accountability and standing up for themselves. These attitudes, she believes, will help her at her new position as principal of Payson High School (PHS). This past week, the district hired Van Zile as principal to replace Kathe Ketchem, who will retire at the end of the year. For the past two years, she has worked as assistant principal.

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