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Welcome New Principals, Other Administrators

Several 4J schools and departments will have new leadership in 2018–19

Charlemagne Principal: Courtney Leonard
Spring Creek Principal: Sebastian Bolden 

Cal Young Principal: Chris Mitchell
Roosevelt Principal: Eric Anderson
Spencer Butte Principal: Peter Tromba
Kennedy Assistant Principal: Deirdre Pearson

South Eugene Principal: Dr. Carey Killen
Churchill Assistant Principal: Misael Flores Gutierrez

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services: Cydney Vandercar
Director of Secondary Education: Dr. Andy Dey
Director of Facilities & Transportation: Ryan Spain
Student Services Administrator: Kat Lange

Elementary Schools

Charlemagne Principal: Courtney Leonard is the new principal of Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School, replacing Eric Anderson who will be principal of Roosevelt Middle School next year. Ms. Leonard taught French immersion in the Eugene International High School program at South Eugene and served as the IHS Head Teacher before becoming a school administrator at North Eugene High School. She returns to 4J after serving as an assistant principal at Hillsboro High School.

Spring Creek Principal: Sebastian Bolden has been hired as the principal of Spring Creek, replacing Raquel Gwynn, who accepted another position. Mr. Bolden comes to 4J from the Bethel School District where he was a teacher before becoming assistant principal of a large K–8 school. He is passionate about improving students’ lives through education. A special thank you to Larry Sullivan, who served as interim principal since Ms. Gwynn left in February.

Middle Schools

Cal Young Principal: Chris Mitchell is the new principal of Cal Young. He has been principal of Roosevelt Middle School for the past six years, and previously was a middle school and high school assistant principal in Springfield. He began his education career two decades ago as a science educator. Mr. Mitchell is looking forward to promoting academic excellence and a positive school climate. A special thank you to Dana Brummett, Cal Young assistant principal, who stepped up to serve as interim principal this year, and to Morley Hegstrom, who took a break from retirement to serve as interim assistant principal.

Roosevelt Principal: Eric Anderson is returning to the role of principal of Roosevelt, replacing Chris Mitchell who is moving to Cal Young. Mr. Anderson has more than a decade of school leadership experience in the South Eugene region, most recently as principal of Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School. His return to Roosevelt will provide the school with continuity and strong leadership to continue to carry the school forward.

Spencer Butte Principal: Peter Tromba has been named principal of Spencer Butte, replacing Tasha Katsuda who has accepted another position. Mr. Tromba is a veteran educator who has taught at every grade level and served as principal of both middle and high schools. He recently worked in Oregon’s Chief Education Office and is excited to serve once again as a school principal.

Kennedy Assistant Principal: Deirdre Pearson has been hired as assistant principal of Kennedy, replacing Mark Bennett who is retiring after many years of dedicated service. Ms. Pearson is an experienced educator with a strong middle school background. She taught at the middle school level for much of her education career before becoming a school administrator, most recently serving as principal of a middle school in Bandon, Oregon.

High Schools

South Eugene Principal: Dr. Carey Killen is the new principal of South Eugene High School, replacing Dr. Andy Dey who has been appointed the district’s director of secondary education. This is a return to 4J for Dr. Killen, who served as an assistant principal at Sheldon before moving into a principal position in Bethel School District. She brings nearly two decades of high school experience, including significant familiarity with AP and IB programs, career technical education, bilingual education, the needs of incoming 9th grade students, the intensity of preparing students for college and careers, and the mosaic of programs and activities that make high school a complex and exciting place to work every day. Dr. Killen looks forward to connecting with all segments of the school community to plan for the future of South Eugene.

Churchill Assistant Principal: Misael Flores Gutierrez has been selected to be an assistant principal of Churchill High School, replacing Ame Beard who has accepted another position. Mr. Flores has high school leadership experience as a dean of students and athletic director, as well as experience as a special education teacher. He is completing his doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis on equity and leadership.

Department Directors

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services: Cydney Vandercar has been appointed to the reinstated role of assistant superintendent for administrative services. Most recently, she served as 4J’s director of human resources. Ms. Vandercar began her 4J career 25 years ago as a math teacher before serving as a school administrator at the middle and high school levels. As assistant superintendent for administrative services, Ms. Vandercar oversees the district’s operational departments and services, including human resources, business services, financial operations, food services, technology, transportation and facilities.

Director of Secondary Education: Dr. Andy Dey has been named 4J’s director of secondary education replacing BJ Blake who is retiring after nearly 30 years as a devoted educator. Since 2015, Dr. Dey has served as principal of South Eugene High School. He began his education career as a middle and high school science teacher, starting out at Roosevelt Middle School. He then became a middle and high school administrator in Springfield. Before returning to 4J in 2015, he lived in Santiago, Chile, where he served as curriculum director at an international school for five years. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a doctorate in education leadership. Dr. Dey is a focused and passionate leader for educational excellence, working with staff and community to find ways to ensure that all students are successful.

Director of Facilities and Transportation: Ryan Spain is the new director of facilities and transportation, replacing Harlan Coats who is retiring after 37 years in 4J’s facilities department. Mr. Spain joined 4J in 2015. He has exceptional project management and communication skills and nearly 15 years of construction industry experience. Mr. Spain is committed to the continuous improvement of our district’s facilities so that educators and students can focus on teaching and learning.

Student Services Administrator: Kat Lange is joining 4J as a student services administrator. She has experience as a special education teacher and school administrator. Most recently, Ms. Lange was a special education director and college adjunct professor in Colorado working to help students with various backgrounds obtain the skills they need to succeed in a globally competitive world.

Congratulations to these outstanding education leaders and welcome to your new positions!

(This article will be updated as additional appointments are announced.)

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