Assistant Principal, Activities
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Brian Banach
Before moving to Arizona in 2009, I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and the adjoining southwest suburbs. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Advertising and a minor in English. After discovering that the business world was not for me, I went back to school and received my Secondary Teaching Certificate from North Park University in Chicago in 2006. During my first teaching tenure, I earned my master's degree in Secondary Administration from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois in 2010.
The first three years of my teaching career began at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Illinois. During my time there, I also served as a coach for girls basketball and boys baseball. Once I moved to Arizona, I joined the English department at Combs High School in San Tan Valley from 2009-2013. At Combs, I served as a coach for girls softball and boys basketball, while also assisting as a student council sponsor.
From 2013 to 2019, I was a proud member of the English department at Desert Vista High School. While at DV, I took on the roles of student council advisor and newspaper sponsor for five years.
Entering my 14th year in education, this will be my first as a leader at the administrative level. I am extremely excited and humbled to be joining the Mountain Pointe Pride family and serving our students, staff and community. My role is to provide support for all Mountain Pointe stakeholders, while challenging myself and our school to improve and grow every day. It is also my responsibility to oversee all clubs and activities on campus to ensure a meaningful high school experience for all students, providing a healthy and supportive outlet for any and all interests.
Mountain Pointe High School is an amazing academic institution with boundless opportunities for students to explore. I encourage all students to follow their passions, find others with common interests, and join or create a club that will enhance their high school experience. My door will always be open to those needing help or guidance in finding the best way to get involved at MPHS.