Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen

Northern Arizona University

Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen was the principal of Playa del Rey Elementary School from 2001 to 2016. Playa is a three-time Arizona A+ School of Excellence, a Title I Rewards School, and has earned an “A” Label from the Arizona Department of Education for academic achievement. In the spring of 2015, Playa del Rey was honored by the US Department of Education as a Teach-To-Lead Lab School.  Prior to leading Playa del Rey, she was the assistant principal at Highland Junior High School from 1999 – 2001 and Highland High School from 1993 – 1999 earning the Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 2000 sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Robyn was recognized as Arizona’s National Distinguished Principal of the Year in 2010 sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

In 2016, she was honored to serve as the President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) representing 65,000 principals in the United States and around the world.  Robyn served three years on the NAESP Board as the Zone 9 Director representing the 8 Western United States, as well as Guam and Island of Samoa prior to being elected President.  

She completed her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and her graduate degrees at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Educational Leadership. Currently, she is an assistant Professor of Practice with Northern Arizona University teaching leadership classes at the Masters and Doctoral level in the College of Education.

Robyn has presented at over 30 state and national conferences, as well as at the CEESA Convention in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2015), Bogota, Columbia (2015), the Association of International Schools in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016 and Dakar, Senegal (2018), as well as, Prishtina, Kosovo (2017, 2018, 2019).

Dr. Hansen has a sincere desire to work with today’s youth and school leaders.  Cultivating an educational environment that is rigorous and relevant, rich in real life experiences taught by world-class educators preparing them for a career that excites them for a lifetime, better enabling them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Robyn is happily married to James Hansen. Together they have four adult children, Brady Conrad with daughter-in-law Megan, Blake Conrad, Tyler Hansen with daughter-in-law Emily and Samantha Comme with husband Thomas. They have four adorable grandchildren, Kayla and Jameson Conrad, Sue Comme, and Avery Hansen! Robyn and Jim enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and touring the country on their Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.