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Meet Your New Principal! School Administrator Changes

New leaders named for 2021–22 school year

Several 4J schools will have new leadership in 2021–22.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSChris Benz, Adams Principal Teresa Martindale, Family School Principal

MIDDLE SCHOOLSAJ Hruby, Arts & Technology Academy Principal • John Wayland, Kelly Principal • Jennifer Hebard, Kennedy Assistant Principal • Sarah Prater, Kelly Assistant Principal

HIGH SCHOOLSTrinity Welch-Radabaugh, North Eugene Principal • J. Jesús Sandoval, North Eugene Assistant Principal • Travis Sheaffer, North Eugene Assistant Principal

EUGENE ONLINE ACADEMYScott Mayers, Assistant Principal

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIONDr. José Salgado, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction • Dr. Brooke Wagner, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services • Casandra Kamens, Extended Learning Administrator • Larry Williams, Educational Equity and Inclusion

Elementary School

Adams Principal: Chris Benz
Chris Benz will be the principal of Adams Elementary School in 2021–22, replacing Teresa Martindale, who is moving to Family School. Mr. Benz has been assistant principal at Kennedy Middle School for the past two years and previously completed his administrative practicum at neighboring Camas Ridge Elementary School and at the ECCO alternative high school program. He taught English in California and Eugene before becoming a school administrator. He believes in promoting a welcoming community culture of support and acceptance that encourages students to develop personal, academic, and social and emotional skills needed to navigate life. Mr. Benz is committed to improving systems to yield equitable outcomes and meet students’ varying needs.

Family School Principal: Teresa Martindale
Teresa Martindale will be the principal of Family School and also will support other district programs. She replaces Jennifer Hebard who is moving to Kennedy Middle School. Ms. Martindale has been principal of Adams Elementary School since 2019. She previously served as assistant principal of Madison Middle School for 5 years, and as a K–8 principal and middle and high school assistant principal in Cottage Grove. As the first in a large family to attend college (her mother, born on a reservation, dropped out in eighth grade, and her father joined the military out of high school), Ms. Martindale has a unique lens on the power of education, and on the value of holding high expectations and providing the supports necessary for all students to succeed.

Middle School

Arts & Technology Academy Principal: AJ Hruby
AJ Hruby will be the principal at Arts & Technology Academy, replacing Larry Williams who is moving to a district role supporting educational equity and inclusion. Ms. Hruby, a skilled and compassionate school leader and educator, has served as ATA’s assistant principal for the past five years and as an educator in 4J for 22 years. Before becoming a school administrator, she was an experienced classroom teacher, teacher leader, essential skills coordinator and Title I coordinator. She looks forward to continuing her work and engagement with ATA staff, families and community while supporting the school’s integration of STEM project-based learning throughout the curriculum in a student-centered positive learning environment.

Kelly Principal: John Wayland
John Wayland will continue as principal at Kelly Middle School. Mr. Wayland, who was named Kelly’s interim principal for the 2020–21 school year and will continue in the permanent role, is a seasoned school administrator with close ties to Kelly and the North Eugene community. Mr. Wayland taught language arts and social studies at Kelly for nearly a decade before becoming a school administrator, including serving as assistant principal at South Eugene High School for seven years. Mr. Wayland will continue leading the school with his veteran experience and established relationships with the Kelly community.

Kennedy Assistant Principal: Jennifer Hebard
Jennifer Hebard will be the assistant principal at Kennedy Middle School, replacing Chris Benz, who is moving to Adams Elementary School. Ms. Hebard will move to the Kennedy site along with the Chinese Immersion School in 2021–22, and will oversee the language immersion program as it relocates and grows to a K–8 program at the Kennedy site. Ms. Hebard has been principal of Family School at the Crest Drive site since 2016 and the co-located Chinese Immersion Elementary School since it opened the following year. She is a collaborative leader who values the importance of building relationships with students, families and staff, as well as supporting the academic success of students with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic and social needs.

Kelly Assistant Principal: Sarah Prater
Sarah Prater will continue as assistant principal at Kelly Middle School after being named interim assistant principal for the 2020–21 school year. Ms. Prater has worked in education since 2003 and with 4J since 2007. She taught language arts at South Eugene High School for ten years, served as the district’s K–12 Literacy, Talented and Gifted (TAG) and English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), and coached other districts through multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) implementation. Her commitment to equity and building layers of culturally responsive practice into schoolwide systems will continue to benefit the Kelly community.

High School

North Eugene Principal: Trinity Welch-Radabaugh
Trinity Welch-Radabaugh will continue as principal at North Eugene High School in the permanent role after being appointed as interim principal for the 2020–21 school year. Previously, Ms. Welch-Radabaugh had been an assistant principal at North Eugene for three years and served as an assistant principal in Corvallis. Before becoming an administrator, she taught high school advanced mathematics. As principal, Ms. Welch-Radabaugh will continue to carry forward the outstanding work being accomplished at North Eugene.

North Eugene Assistant Principal: J. Jesús Sandoval
J. Jesús Sandoval will be assistant principal at North Eugene High School, replacing Scott Mayers who is moving to Eugene Online Academy. Mr. Sandoval comes to 4J from Willamette Education Service District, where he has served for the past seven years as an education specialist, concentrating on student graduation, college and career readiness, and reducing the equity gaps that exist in education, with a focus on those affecting the migrant community. Previously, he taught in English and Spanish in the migrant education program in the Woodburn School District. Mr. Sandoval, who has extensive experience working with traditionally underserved populations, is committed to developing and growing equitable access to education and culturally competent practices that reflect a deep understanding of historically marginalized students and their families.

North Eugene Assistant Principal: Travis Sheaffer
Travis Sheaffer will continue as assistant principal at North Eugene High School in a permanent role. Mr. Sheaffer was named North Eugene’s interim assistant principal for the 2020–21 school year after directing both the North Eugene and Kelly Middle School band programs for four years. He previously served as a department chair and administrative intern. Mr. Sheaffer’s strong communication skills and passion for instructional improvement will continue to benefit the North Eugene community.

Eugene Online Academy

Assistant Principal: Scott Mayers
Scott Mayers will be the new assistant principal at Eugene Online Academy. Mr. Mayers has been assistant principal at North Eugene High School since 2014, and served as the interim assistant principal for the ECCO alternative high school program during a portion of the 2015–16 school year. Before coming to 4J, Mr. Mayers was Springfield Public Schools’ dean of students for nine years. He has an instructional background in multiple subject areas and experience working with students who have typically struggled in school.

District Administration

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction: Dr. José Salgado
Dr. José Salgado will join 4J as the assistant superintendent for instruction, replacing Dr. Charis McGaughy who has decided to depart the district at the end of the school year. Dr. Salgado has worked at all levels of education for more than 30 years. His experience ranges from teaching in rural Central America to leading schools in inner-city Boston. Dr. Salgado currently serves as the chief academic officer of a 24,000-student school district in Jackson, Mississippi. He holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Dr. Salgado has focused his career on closing achievement gaps and increasing academic outcomes. His diverse experiences have taught him that each individual situation deserves a unique approach, tailored to local context and a unique understanding of what is required to improve student and school outcomes at every level, by leveraging effective teams, creating a clear and attainable vision, and setting clear goals and accountability systems. Dr. Salgado’s expertise in teaching and leading is of the highest caliber, and he will be an outstanding addition to 4J’s executive team in this critical role.

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services: Dr. Brooke Wagner
Dr. Brooke Wagner has been selected to serve as assistant superintendent for administrative services for the 2021–22 school year, filling the vacancy left when Cydney Vandercar was appointed 4J’s interim superintendent. Dr. Wagner has broad and deep experience at all school levels, and as a classified, licensed and administrative staff member. Before serving as 4J’s director of elementary and preK–8 education for the past five years, Dr. Wagner worked in three of the district’s four school regions and served as a middle and elementary school principal in Springfield. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Wagner has emphasized building and maintaining relationships and created a foundation of trust, transparency and approachability. Her combination of enthusiasm, experience, leadership, and essential skills and qualities will continue to be a valuable asset to the district in the administrative services realm.

Extended Learning Administrator: Casandra Kamens
Casandra Kamens is taking on a new role as the district’s extended learning administrator. Ms. Kamens has been the assistant principal at Churchill High School since 2017. Prior to Churchill, she served for nearly 20 years in various roles at North Eugene High School: a world languages teacher, small schools coordinator, instructional programs administrator, and principal for three years. Her exceptional scheduling coordination and planning skills and her extensive school experience will be great assets as she takes on this new role.

Educational Equity and Inclusion: Larry Williams
Larry Williams, currently principal of Arts & Technology Academy, is moving to a district role supporting educational equity and inclusion. Mr. Williams has served as principal of Arts & Technology Academy since 2017, following 10 years as principal of Edgewood Elementary School. He previously served as assistant principal of a K–8 school in Bethel and as a counselor at Churchill High School. Mr. Williams is a veteran instructional leader dedicated to promoting equitable access to education and positive student outcomes in traditionally underserved communities.

Welcome to these education leaders in their new positions!

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

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