As principal and director of Caurus Academy, Dameon Blair brings to his role a diverse set of experience and a forward-thinking educational philosophy. Dameon earned a B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on environmental science and master’s degree in Innovative School Leadership from National University in La Jolla, CA.
Dameon integrates his unprecedented commitment to lifelong learning into a passion for empowering youth in experiential education.
Dameon has served in numerous educational roles in both California and Arizona, including as an athletic director at the Caepe School and an assistant coach for the Boulder Creek High School basketball team. With a solid background in science and math, Dameon’s qualifications include his leadership as a teacher at an outdoor science school in California.
In addition to his relevant experience, Dameon’s accomplishments have been recognized through a number of awards and distinctions, including The Kendall Hall Award for Service and Dedication Beyond the Classroom and the 2010 Disney Planet Challenge Runner-up for Being a Super Eco-Hero. Due to his passion for the environment, Dameon continues to push forward with improvements to Caurus Academy’s campus which will position it to be the “Greenest School” in the North Valley.
Dameon is a notable role model in the community when it comes to athletics and has extensive experience with coaching. He was the Westwind Prep International Basketball Program Head Coach, in which players advanced to numerous division 1 schools and into the NBA under his tenure. He won the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission Award as an Outstanding Coach in Arizona Sports and took on the role as one of the assistants on the 2010 Boulder Creek State Championship Coach.
As a driving force behind Caurus Academy’s remarkable growth and reputation, Dameon encourages academic rigor and relevance in every aspect of educational approach. While holding professional skills and qualifications in high regard, Dameon also believes that soft skills such as self-motivation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving are just as powerful in the educational realm. Dameon takes pride in his ability to build engaging relationships with students, families, and community stakeholders. He focuses on this mission by ensuring Caurus Academy is:
- Academically rigorous
- Competitive and purposeful in all areas
- Home to the most engaging school climate and culture for families
- Encouraging great community stewards and global citizens
- Helping students to find their passions and work toward fulfilling them through Perseverance and GRIT.
In his personal time, Dameon seeks meaningful time in the great outdoors snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and camping with his lovely wife and their two children.