Battle Ground Public Schools announces several administrative changes for the 2016-17 school year, including principals, assistant principals and directors. The administrators will begin their new positions July 1.
Brian Amundson is taking over as principal at Tukes Valley Middle School for Diana Harris, who is retiring. Amundson is currently the dean of students at Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal, where he has served since 2013. Before that he was a social studies and history teacher at Washougal High School. Amundson has a master of science in education degree from Walden University and a bachelor of arts degree from Central Washington University. Matt Kauffman will take the helm of Daybreak Primary School replacing Jill Dutchess, who is retiring. Kauffman has been the assistant principal of Yacolt Primary since 2014. Before that he was a reading intervention specialist at Anderson Elementary School and a first and third grade teacher at Washington and Chinook elementary schools in Vancouver. He has a master of education degree and a bachelor of science in social science from Portland State University. Angela Knight is transferring to Captain Strong Primary School, where she will take over the principal position from Michael Michaud, who is going to Pleasant Valley Primary. Knight has been the assistant principal of Tukes Valley Primary since 2013. Prior to that she was a instructional coach at Hearthwood Elementary and a first grade teacher at Orchards Elementary, both in the Evergreen Public Schools district. Knight has a masters in education from Washington State University and a bachelor of arts degree from Central Washington University.
Jason Castro will be the athletic director and assistant principal at Prairie High School. He is replacing Andy Schoonover, who is going to be the assistant principal at Pleasant Valley Middle. Castro is currently an administrative intern and principal designee at R.A. Long and Kelso high schools. He has taught at Kelso and R.A. Long high schools and also served as a football, basketball and baseball coach. He has a master's degree in Civil War history from American Public University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Linfield College.
Andy Schoonover is taking over the assistant principal position at Pleasant Valley Middle School for Steve Hoskins, who is retiring. Schoonover is currently the athletic director and assistant principal at Prairie High School. Before that he taught social studies and Lewisville Middle and Battle Ground High schools, served as a basketball and football coach and was the assistant principal of Chief Umtuch Middle School. Schoonover has a master's degree from Concordia University and a bachelor's degree in social studies education from Washington State University.
April Vonderharr will be the assistant principal at Amboy Middle School. She is replacing Steve Michaelis, who is retiring. Vonderharr is currently an administrative intern at Amboy Middle School. Prior to that she has been a primary school teacher in the district. Vonderharr has master's and bachelor's degrees from Washington State University.
Anna Leeper is taking over as the assistant principal of Tukes Valley Primary School for Angela Knight, who is going to Captain Strong Primary. Leeper is currently a moderate disabilities and life skills teacher at Butler Acres Elementary School in Kelso. She also has been a resource teacher at Huntington Middle School in Kelso. Leeper has a master's degree from Concordia University and a bachelor's degree from the City University of Seattle.
Lynnell Tsugawa-Murray will be the assistant principal at Yacolt Primary. She is taking over for Matt Kauffman, who is moving to Daybreak Primary. Tsugawa-Murray is currently an associate administrator at Woodland Intermediate School. Prior to that she was a teacher at the school. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Concordia University and master's degrees in mathematics education from Western Governor's University.
Shelly Whitten will be the director of Human Resources, a position that has been vacant for multiple years. Whitten is currently the director of instructional leadership for secondary education. Before that she was a principal at Daybreak and Chief Umtuch middle schools, an assistant principal at La Center Elementary, and a teacher in Battle Ground, La Center and Central Valley school districts. Whitten has a master of education degree from Washington State University and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Central Washington University.
Annie Lamberto is going to be the assistant director of Special Services, a new position in the district. Lamberto is currently a Special Services Resource Room teacher at Prairie High School, where she has taught since 2005. Before that she was a special education teacher at the middle school level. Lamberto is a National Board Certified exceptional needs specialist with a master of education degree from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Angela Allen will be the director of instructional leadership for secondary education. She is replacing Shelly Whitten, who is transferring to human resources. Allen is currently the principal of Monticello Middle School in Longview. She has also worked as an assistant principal, dean of students and teacher in Longview, Kelso and Evergreen. Allen has a master's degree in education and a bachelor of science degree in biology, both from Washington State University.