New district, principal and assistant principal hires, transitions for three additional schools in SKPS

The 2019-20 school year brings exciting transitions in leadership for Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS).

[Updated Aug. 20, 2019]

McNary High School | Assistant Principal
Tyler Lalack, Previously Assistant Principal at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas

Tyler Lalack has been hired as an assistant principal at McNary High School. Previously, he served as an assistant principal at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas. Tyler has been working in schools for the past 15 years as an instructional assistant, special education teacher and administrator. Tyler has always been enthusiastic to work with a variety of students in the classroom as well as on the playing fields as a football and baseball coach.

Sprague High School | Principal
Chad Barkes, Previously Assistant Principal at Sprague

Chad Barkes will be the next principal at Sprague High School. Barkes started his career in SKPS in 2000 as an instructional assistant at Swegle Elementary School. He earned his teaching degree with a focus on special education from Western Oregon University in 2003. After that, Barkes taught at West Salem High School in the special education department for several years, then moved into the role of special education program assistant for nine years. He has been serving at Sprague as an assistant principal/athletic director since 2015.

Sprague High School | Assistant Principal
Mickey Toft, Previously Interim Assistant Principal with Tigard-Tualatin School District

Mickey Toft will be joining Sprague’s administrative team as a half-time assistant principal. Toft, who graduated from McNary High School, has 37 years of experience in education and most recently served as an interim assistant principal in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Toft graduated from Linfield College in 1978 and completed his masters there as well. After 15 years in the classroom, he became a school administrator and served as an assistant principal, middle school principal and high school principal in McMinnville School District. In addition to his teaching and administrative experience, Toft spent many seasons coaching high school sports at McKay, North Salem and Sprague.

Stephens and Houck Middle Schools | Assistant Principal
Lonnie Wolfe, Previously Assistant Principal at Crossler Middle School

Lonnie Wolfe has been with SKPS since 2003 serving in multiple capacities such as EGC teacher and assistant principal. Wolfe most recently served as assistant principal at Crossler Middle School. Prior to coming to the SKPS, Wolfe served the Northwest Regional Educational Service District for 10 years as a special education teacher and as a teacher on special assignment supporting alternative schools.


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Battle Creek Elementary School | Principal
Beth Freeborn, previously assistant principal at Keizer Elementary

Beth Freeborn has worked for SKPS her entire career, starting out as substitute for a few months before taking over a classroom at Auburn Elementary. During her 10 years as a teacher, Freeborn was a member of Auburn’s leadership team, served as a teacher leader, and hosted several student teachers over the years. After teaching, she worked at Auburn for five years as an Instructional Coach. While coaching, she became a certified GLAD trainer, an ENVoY Coach and worked on the district team to create ELA projection maps and assessments. Freeborn also worked closely with her principal to implement data teams and PBIS. For the last two years, Freeborn has served as an assistant principal, first at Auburn and this year at Keizer Elementary. Freeborn’s first and favorite “job” is being a wife and mother of an almost fifth-grader. Freeborn is very excited to embark on this new adventure and is looking forward to all that is to come.

Battle Creek Elementary School | Assistant Principal
Kimberly Ingram, previously Title 1 Coordinator and Teacher in the Springfield School District

Kimberly Ingram has worked in public education for more than 20 years. She has worked across many educational settings and served in roles such as special education and Title 1 Intervention teacher/coordinator, district and regional PBIS coach/trainer, special programs TOSA, adjunct faculty. Ingram also served with the Oregon Department of Education overseeing statewide initiatives for PBIS and RTI. This past year, Ingram served as a teacher at Mt. Vernon Elementary in the Springfield School District, which helped solidify her decision to continue to work closely with students and their teachers as a building administrator. Kimberly has earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Oregon with an emphasis designing and delivering behavioral and instructional support that meets the needs of all learners.

Bush Elementary School | Principal
Robin Farup-Romero, previously principal at Reedville Elementary in the Hillsboro School District

Robin Farup-Romero has worked in public education for more than 20 years. Farup-Romero is a well-known bilingual educator, leader and teacher trainer. Her educational career included positions as principal, assistant principal, instructional services bilingual programs coordinator and migrant coordinator. For the past seven years, Farup-Romero has served as the principal of Reedville Elementary School in the Hillsboro School District. Farup-Romero implemented and led the school’s improvement plan with a successful implementation of a dual language program and led the effort to make her school a “No Excuses University” site, which is a program that promotes a culture of universal achievement and self-efficacy to prepare all students for college and career. Farup-Romero is trained in trauma-responsive school practices. She is also a skilled grant writer and partnership creator, as evidenced by Reedville being one of the first schools to partner with NIKE Community Fund with Playworks and created a Girls on the Run after school club in the Hillsboro School District.

Crossler Middle School | Assistant Principal
Andy Schiefer, Previously Assistant Principal at Mansfield Senior High School in Mansfield, Ohio.

Andy Schiefer will be joining the administrative team at Crossler Middle School as a new assistant principal. Schiefer has been working in education for the past 15 years and recently moved to Oregon from the Mansfield, Ohio area where he served as an assistant principal at the Mansfield Senior High School. Schiefer has served in multiple capacities in education over the years including transportation director, preschool supervisor, elementary assistant principal, physical education teacher, as well as cross country and basketball coach.

Four Corners Elementary School | Principal
Ingrid Ceballos, previously an instructional mentor at Richmond Elementary

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ceballos has been an educator for 16 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District prior to moving to Oregon in 2006. Ceballos joined SKPS that same year as a bilingual teacher at Mary Eyre Elementary. In 2016, she became the instructional mentor at Richmond Elementary. Ceballos is committed to a strong, robust instruction for all students and building partnerships with all stakeholders.

Four Corners Elementary School | Assistant Principal
Greg Watson, previously behavioral specialist and admin intern at Chávez Elementary

Greg Watson is a product of SKPS and came to the district in 2003 after teaching for six years in Gervais. He was a classroom teacher at Lamb Elementary, where he taught ESOL in grades 3-5. At Lamb, Watson served on the leadership team and hosted student teachers in his classroom. From Lamb, he joined the SKPS mentor team and worked with beginning teachers for eight years across the district. Watson has been a part of the district team that worked on creating English Language Arts (ELA) projection maps and writing ELA assessments. Most recently, during the 2018-19 school year, Watson has served as the behavior specialist and administrative intern at Chávez Elementary and provided support to Lee Elementary as an instructional mentor.

Houck and Stephens Middle Schools | Assistant Principal
Lonnie Wolfe, Previously Assistant Principal at Crossler Middle School

Lonnie Wolfe has been with SKPS since 2003 serving in multiple capacities such as EGC teacher and assistant principal. Wolfe most recently served as assistant principal at Crossler Middle School. Prior to coming to the SKPS, Wolfe served the Northwest Regional Educational Service District for 10 years as a special education teacher and as a teacher on special assignment supporting alternative schools.

Judson Middle School | Assistant Principal
Craig King, previously behavior specialist at McKay High School

Craig King is joining the administrative team at Judson Middle School as a new assistant principal. King holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Oregon State University. Prior to entering the teaching profession, he worked for the National Science Foundation adapting middle school science curriculum to be more inquiry based, and working with middle school teachers and students to implement that curriculum. Craig began his teaching career at Early College High School and the Teen Parent Program in 2006. After six years in that position, he moved to McKay High School where he assumed the role of science teacher, instructional mentor and lastly as a behavior specialist.

Leslie Middle School | Principal
Jennie Madland, previously principal at Stephens Middle School

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Jennie Madland will begin a new role as a principal at Leslie Middle School. Madland served as principal at Stephens Middle School since 2015, previously serving as an assistant principal at the school since 2013. She brings a variety of experiences over her 13-year career with SKPS including serving as a journalism and English teacher at Leslie Middle School before serving as an instructional coach at Houck, Straub and Walker middle schools.

South Salem High School | Assistant Principal
Sarah Bucholz, previously behavioral specialist at Parrish Middle School

Sarah Bucholz will be joining the South Salem High School administrative team as an assistant principal. Sarah attended Oregon State University and Willamette University before teaching mathematics at Sprague High School. During her time there she also had the opportunity to support students as the leadership teacher and activities director, AVID elective teacher and AVID coordinator. In her final year at Sprague, she transitioned to the behavior specialist role, implemented PBIS and completed her administrative licensing through George Fox University.

Two years ago, she transferred to Parrish Middle School, continuing her position as a behavior specialist and co-coordinating the implementation of MTSS while participating on the AVID Leadership and PBIS teams.

Straub Middle School | Principal
Denny McCarthy, previously principal at Leslie Middle School

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Denny McCarthy will serve as a principal at Straub Middle School. McCarthy has served as principal at Leslie Middle School since 2013. McCarthy brings a variety of experiences over his 22-year career with SKPS, including serving as a physical education teacher and an instructional coach.

Stephens Middle School | Principal
David Wood, previously assistant principal at McKay High School

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, David Wood will begin a new role as principal at Stephens Middle School. Wood has served as assistant principal at McKay High School since 2014. He began his career with SKPS as journalism and social studies teacher at McKay in 2004.

Early College High School and Roberts High School | Principal
Bradley Shreve, previously Principal at Lebanon High School in Lebanon Community School District 9

Bradley Shreve will join the administrative team as principal at Early College High School and Roberts High School beginning the 2019-20 school year. Shreve has served in multiple educational capacities across Oregon for the past 25 years, beginning his career as a high school teacher in the Sheridan School District. Most recently, Shreve served as principal at Lebanon High School for the past seven years. In 2017, under Shreve’s leadership, Lebanon High School was one of 10 schools recognized by the Oregon Department of Education for improving graduation outcomes for Latino and economically disadvantaged students. Shreve is a strong believer in fostering relationships within school communities and believes that strong community partnerships allows business and students alike to bridge the gap between classroom and “the real world.”

McKay High School  |  Assistant Principal
Wendy Stradley, previously behavior specialist at McKay High School

Wendy Stradley is a proud graduate of Oregon State University. She started her teaching career in Beaverton School District, then came to McKay as a teacher in 2012. She has also served as a teacher leader, coach and behavior specialist. She’s excited about being a part of the McKay community, in her new role as assistant principal. She looks forward to working with the community, staff and students to continue the great work done at McKay.

New SKPS leadership for the 2019-20 school year

District Level  |  Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management Services 
Cliff Carpentier, previously sergeant at Salem Police Department

Cliff Carpentier is the new director of Safety, Security and Risk Management Services. He comes to us from the Salem Police Department where he has served since 2002. Carpentier has managed the Youth Services Unit (school resource officers) and is very familiar with Salem-Keizer’s threat assessment system. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties. Carpentier is scheduled to start on Monday, August 12, 2019.

District Level | Director of Employee and Labor Relations
Peggy Stock, previously the director of labor services for the Oregon School Boards Association

Peggy Stock is joining SKPS as the new director of Employee and Labor Relations. Stock started her career in education working for the Harrisburg School District as an elementary and middle school teacher. During her 10 years with the district, she also worked as teacher on special assignment and president of the Harrisburg Education Association. More recently, she has served as the Human Resources director for the Medford School District and is coming to us from the Oregon School Boards Association where she has served as the director of Labor Services. Stock brings extensive knowledge and experience in bargaining, investigations, the grievance process and contract analysis.

District Level | Principal on Special Assignment
Tara Baldridge, previously principal at Bush Elementary

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Tara Baldridge will begin a new role as a principal on special assignment at the district level. Baldridge brings more than 15 years of experience with the district, most recently serving as principal at Bush Elementary. As a principal on special assignment, Baldridge will develop, implement and coordinate projects and work with elementary level directors and key leaders in schools and departments to push strategic initiatives, develop and monitor related projects and assist with implementation in schools. ​

District Level | Principal Coach
Linda Dougherty, previously principal at Battle Creek Elementary

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Linda Dougherty will begin a new role as a principal coach at the district level. Dougherty brings 20 years of experience with the district, most recently serving as principal at Battle Creek Elementary. As a principal coach, Dougherty will support the professional growth goals set collaboratively with principals and level directors focused on improving equitable outcomes in schools through differentiated coaching and job embedded professional development.

Beginning her career with SKPS in 1999, Dougherty worked as a third-grade teacher at Sumpter Elementary for four and a half years. From there she moved to Hallman Elementary as a teacher on special assignment in the role of School Improvement Leader. She accepted a principal position in the fall of 2005 for two schools, Lake Labish and Hazel Green Elementary Schools. After two years, she was moved to Pringle Elementary for the next five years. In the fall of 2012, she has the pleasure and privilege of opening Battle Creek Elementary, which was part of the 2008 bond program. Dougherty lives with her husband Dan, a Sprague High School teacher, and has two kids who live within the state.

District Level | Principal Coach
Laura Perez, previously Principal at Straub Middle

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Laura Perez will begin a new role as a principal coach at the district level.
As a principal coach, Perez will support the professional growth goals set collaboratively with principals and level directors focused on improving equitable outcomes in schools through differentiated coaching and job embedded professional development.

Perez brings 28 years of experience in SKPS, with 10 years as a teacher at South Salem High, six as a curriculum assistant principal at West Salem High, seven years as a principal at Whiteaker Middle and five years as a principal at Straub. Perez was also part of the administrative team that helped open West Salem High. Perez lives with her husband Carlos, a Judson Middle counselor. Their two children attend college at the University of Oregon and Chemeketa Community College.

Additional SKPS leadership changes for the 2019-20 school year

Auburn and Mary Eyre Elementary Schools | Assistant Principal
Erica Manzo, previously assistant principal at Richmond Elementary School

Erica Manzo came to SKPS  in 2013 after teaching six years of fourth and fifth grade in a bilingual late exit program. Here in SKPS, she taught third through fifth grades in both lit squared classrooms and dual language classrooms for four years. Erica served as a data team facilitator and leadership teams in both schools with SKPS. During the summers, she was one of the Summer School Coordinators for the district and strengthened her leadership skills. In 2017, she stepped out of the classroom and became the behavior specialist at Four Corners Elementary. Most recently, she was the full-time assistant principal at Richmond Elementary School.

Chávez and Keizer Elementary Schools | Assistant Principal
Sophia Duerst, previously assistant principal at Auburn Elementary School

Sophia Duerst came to SKPS in 2013 after teaching in Silver Falls School District. For five years, Duerst was one of the coordinators for the district’s Early Learning Programs that serve nearly 1,000 students across all of its programs. Duerst worked closely with the Early Learning Division and the Marion and Polk Early Learning HUB. Duerst was also a member of the Health Advisory Board and worked with community partners such as WIC and Family Building Blocks. Most recently, Duerst served as the assistant principal at Auburn Elementary.

Forest Ridge Elementary and Optimum Learning Environments Charter School | Principal
Karl Paulson, previously principal at Pringle Elementary

Karl Paulson began his teaching career at Perrydale School in a position vacated by Christy Perry as she initially moved to Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Five years later, Karl also moved to Salem-Keizer Public Schools, teaching fifth grade at McKinley Elementary. He then served as the library media teacher at Schirle Elementary and later the program associate for the district’s Library Media program. Karl was principal at Valley Inquiry Charter School, Candalaria Elementary and Pringle Elementary, before transitioning to Forest Ridge Elementary/OLE Charter School this year. This is Karl’s 29th year in education.

Gubser Elementary School | Principal
Tom Charboneau, previously principal at Forest Ridge Elementary and Optimum Learning Environments Charter School

Tom Charboneau came to SKPS in 2016 after being an assistant principal for four years and teaching for eight years in the high desert of California. He began his career with SKPS as the principal of Forest Ridge Elementary School and Optimum Learning Environment Charter School. Tom lead the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at Forest Ridge and began the introduction of Response to Intervention prior to going to Gubser. Mr. Charboneau serves on the principal leadership team, representing the Keizer elementary schools. Mr. Charboneau is focused and strives to make sure that every student gets an excellent education every single day. ​

Pringle Elementary School | Principal
Dave Bertholf, previously principal at Gubser Elementary

Dave Bertholf began 30 years ago as an instructional assistant at Lake Labish Elementary School. He went on to get a teaching degree and enjoyed 10 years of classroom teaching experience at Clear Lake Elementary. Dave was humbled to receive recognition as Oregon’s Teacher of the Year in 1999.  For the past 19 years, Dave has served as an elementary principal. Having served through several bonds, he was pleased to be involved in construction projects at Clear Lake, Bush, Scott, and, most recently, Gubser. He is looking forward to joining the Pringle Panthers this fall and has heard great things about the supportive community.

Pringle Elementary School | Assistant Principal
Kelsey Daniels, previously assistant principal at Four Corners and Mary Eyre Elementary Schools​

Kelsey Daniels, born and raised within our Salem-Keizer Public Schools community, began her employment as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for secondary schools. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and transitioned into a classroom teaching position. For eight years, she supported Keizer and Battle Creek Elementary with an ESOL (English Speaker of Other Language) endorsement. As a teacher at Battle Creek, Kelsey served as a clinical teacher, hosting teacher candidates from surrounding Oregon schools. Following her classroom experience, she moved into the position as a district mentor, supporting six elementary schools.  Simultaneously, she attended the University of Oregon and earned her administrative degree. Presently, Kelsey is in her fourth year as an elementary assistant principal.