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Posted on Jun 6, 2016

4 finalists for Pioneer principal job to attend community meeting on Tuesday

The Quincy School District on Tuesday will interview four finalists for the principal’s position at Pioneer Elementary School.

The school district is inviting the public, especially Pioneer families, to meet the candidates and give their feedback in the selection process.

The meet-and-greet will be held at 5 to 6 p.m. in the school gym.

The school board is looking to fill the position, which was opened when current principal Nik Bergman was promoted to assistant superintendent, for the coming school year. Bergman will begin his new position after this school year.

The four candidates will be in Quincy all day on Tuesday for a full day of interviews with staff and district leaders. The candidates are:

Jacob Bang holds a master’s in educational leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate through Washington State University. He has worked as assistant principal in Selah and in Lakeside, Ariz., where his duties included supervising 80 staff members, student discipline and assessments. He presently serves as the middle/high school principal for the Soap Lake School District, where his focus is academic improvement and staff and student motivation.

Deborah Buduan graduated from Western Governors University with a master’s in educational leadership.  She presently is employed with Edmonds School District in Lynnwood, where she teaches in a primary, multi-age classroom. Her emphasis is on colleague collaboration to improve instruction in the classroom. Buduan also plans and develops professional development activities for her school and district.

Erin Chaplin holds a degree in administration from Heritage University and a master’s from Central Washington University.  She started her educational career at Wapato School District, then began working for the Office of Superintendent in Public Instruction as a Reading First regional coordinator.  She has worked for the Yakima School District since 2009 and presently serves as the director of instruction, where she coordinates, directs and manages the implementation of the Learning Assistance Program and Title II Grant.

Ellen Hopkins graduated from Gonzaga University in 2004 with an administration degree.  She has worked as coordinator of assessments and professional development specialist with the East Valley School District in Spokane, where her duties included training staff as proctors for assessments and coordinating all assessment related activities.  She also served at Learning Forward Washington as a project manager. In this role, Ellen’s duties included grant writing, marketing and recruiting, training of learning coaches, and design and delivery of virtual learning experience.

The school district last month held a similar public meet-and-greet with a pool of four candidates to fill not only the Pioneer position but also the principal’s job at Mountain View Elementary School. Colleen Frerks, the principal at George Elementary School, was hired to fill that position. Superintendent John Body said an appropriate candidate for the Pioneer job was not found in that initial pool.

Frerks hiring at Mountain View means there’s now an opening at George. That job has been posted. The position is a full-time position, but 60 percent of it is paid as a principal and 40 percent of it is paid as a teacher. There’s no screening date set for the George Elementary School job, Boyd said.

“We are going to keep it open until we get the candidates,” he said last week.

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