Several elementary schools are welcoming new principals, and assistant principals, this fall for the 2021-22 school year.
Jeannine Piscoran – Principal, Brush College
Jeannine started her teaching career at the Los Angeles Unified School District and joined SKPS in 2008. She taught kindergarten at Harritt Elementary before moving to Myers Elementary where she’s been for 10 years. In 2019, she joined Lee Elementary as the Instructional Mentor/Behavior Specialist. Jeannine feels passionately about supporting educators to use an equity lens to meet the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of Salem-Keizer students.
Nubia Green – Principal, Bush Elementary
Nubia grew up as a migrant student, moving between the U.S. and Mexico until she was 11 years old. She received her degree from San Diego State University and began her educational career in Salinas. She moved to Oregon in 2004 where she taught in K-3 classrooms at Highland Elementary for seven years. In 2012, Nubia joined a team of professionals who planned for, and opened César Chávez Elementary where she served the roles of third grade bilingual teacher, a clinical teacher mentor, and an instructional coach. Nubia’s belief is that all students deserve the chance to learn and have a positive experience in school.
Jason Gundlach – Principal at Candalaria Elementary
Jason grew up in Oregon and spent time as a student at Salem-Keizer. He started teaching at Scott Elementary, and has spent the last nine years at Stephens Middle School. At Stephens, Jason taught language arts and AVID elective, eventually becoming the AVID coordinator currently in the role for eight years. During that time, Stephens became an AVID National Demonstration School creating more opportunities for students and staff at Stephens and schools across the region. Six years ago, Jason became an instructional mentor working with teachers and teams to enhance learning and student sense of belonging.
Mónica Takata – Principal, Chávez Elementary
Mónica currently serves as the principal at Brush College Elementary School. She will transition to principal at Chávez Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.
Andrew Kronser – Principal, Cummings Elementary
Andy is from Salem and has worked in elementary education for the past 15 years. He is a graduate from Sprague High School, Western Oregon University, and the University of North Texas. And he is currently in his seventh year of administration at North Marion School District in Aurora, Oregon. Before North Marion, Andy taught in elementary at Central School District in Independence for eight years and as an adjunct professor at Willamette University, Western Oregon University, and Oregon State University. Andy is very excited to join SKPS and looks forward to the 2021-22 school year.
Shamika Cleveland – Principal, Forest Ridge Elementary
Shamika has a strong passion for community. She is a former SKPS student graduating from McNary High School. After graduating from Willamette University, she found herself on a career journey. Earning her master’s degree in teaching, she taught first through fourth grades at McKinley Elementary from 1999-2009. She spent the next 10 years as an instructional coach and mentor to staff in multiple schools. Shamika joined the EDGE elementary program as an assistant principal. Through her experiences she embraces ideals that ‘keep students at the heart of all we do in education.’
Teresa Alfaro – Principal, Hammond Elementary
Teresa began her educational career in Salem-Keizer, as an instructional assistant at Weddle Elementary. She obtained a masters of arts in teaching in 2008 and taught at Eyre Elementary as a second grade bilingual teacher. After working as a teacher, Teresa served as part of the bilingual education team as an English language acquisition specialist and bilingual program assistant. Teresa had her first assignment as an assistant principal at Heritage Elementary in Woodburn and returned to SKPS in 2019 to serve as an assistant principal at Chavez, Swegle and the EDGE program.
Erin Rodriguez – Principal, Highland Elementary
Erin graduated from Western Oregon University and taught English to elementary and middle school students in Japan for two years. Erin has a passion for bilingual education and for technology in education, evident during her 10 years as a bilingual classroom teacher-leader and tech coach. Erin is dedicated to fostering a school environment where staff, students and families feel they have a voice.
Erica Manzo – Principal, Lee Elementary
Erica currently serves as an assistant principal at Keizer and Scott elementary schools. She will serve as principal for Lee Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.
Scott Stenlund – Principal, Morningside Elementary
Scott currently serves as principal for Washington Elementary School and will move to principal at Morningside Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.
Sarah Grimmer – Co-Principal, Scott Elementary
Sarah currently serves as the Morningside Elementary School principal and will move to Scott Elementary School as co-principal for the 2021-22 school year.
Magda Romero – Principal, Washington Elementary
Magda Romero currently serves as principal for Cummings Elementary School and will move to Washington Elementary School as principal for the 2021-22 school year.
Keith Broyles – Assistant Principal, Auburn Elementary
Keith currently serves as an assistant principal at EDGE. Keith will transition to serving Auburn Elementary School as an assistant principal for the 2021-22 school year.
Joni Pruett – Assistant Principal, Chávez Elementary
Joni has been an educator for 14 years. She started as an elementary instructional assistant and joined SKPS In 2010 as a bilingual teacher at Washington Elementary. In 2012, she had the unique opportunity to be part of the opening team of educators at Chávez Elementary School. During this season,she became convinced that there is nothing that cannot be accomplished for our students when educators come together in support of one another. Most recently, Joni has served elementary schools as a program associate for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She is passionate about leading and supporting teams to implement high leverage instructional strategies so that the right instruction at the right time is provided to every student.
Hugo Valdez – Assistant Principal, EDGE
Hugo started his teaching career in Mexico in 2004. In 2009, Hugo participated in the International Visiting Teachers Program and became a bilingual teacher for Salem-Keizer, at Swegle Elementary School. His passion for bilingual education motivated him to support our diverse community and all students in SKPS. Most recently, Hugo joined the Elementary Curriculum Department as the literacy program associate. For three years, Hugo has had the opportunity to share best teaching practices and effective instructional strategies with educators around the district. His experiences from two cultures bring a diverse perspective to anything he does to support students, teachers, and families.
DeLee Brown – Assistant Principal, Eyre Elementary
DeLee started her career in education in Arizona teaching elementary music and coaching beginning teachers. DeLee and her husband David found their way to Salem-Keizer, David teaching choir at Sprague High School and DeLee helping to open Kalapuya Elementary. DeLee started there full time teaching music, but has been half time music and half time instructional mentor for the last six years. She has a great passion for teachers, students, and creating belonging!
Samantha Miley – Assistant Principal, Keizer Elementary
Samantha began her educational career as a Head Start teacher in Salem-Keizer’s Early Childhood program. She then moved to a role that focused on kindergarten readiness, cross-sector professional development, and parent education within the Salem-Keizer community. Over the last three years, Samantha has worked as an assistant coordinator within the Early Childhood programs. She is excited about this new opportunity with SKPS, the new relationships that she will build and making positive influences in the school and community.
Ro Ochoa – Assistant Principal, Swegle Elementary
Ro began his career overseas, teaching English in China. He then taught fifth grade ESOL at Swegle Elementary while working closely with the leadership team and administration. In 2014, Ro made the move to Sumpter Elementary. During his time at Sumpter, he continued to lead in many ways including helping to develop data teams, systems of behavior supports and interventions, as well as, serving on the leadership team. This past year, Ro worked closely with his administration and was instrumental in the development of the school’s LIPI plan and hybrid transition and implementation. He is excited about this new opportunity with SKPS and the positive influence he can make through the new relationships he will build.