Three new principals, Tamarah Grigg, Kevin Palena and Jennifer Paulsen, were selected this week to fill vacant positions within Battle Ground Public Schools pending board approval.
Tamarah Grigg will be taking the principal position at Pleasant Valley Middle school, previously held by Travis Drake who recently transitioned to principal at Prairie High School. Grigg has been in BGPS for the past year serving as assistant principal at Glenwood Heights Primary School. Grigg brings years of experience as a principal, curriculum development administrator, instructional coach in mathematics, and adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver.
Kevin Palena will join Daybreak Middle School filling the position left by Shelly Whitten who recently took a new position as director of instructional leadership at the district office. Palena brings 10 years of experience working in K-12 education in a variety of positions around SW Washington. Palena recently served as assistant principal at Monticello Middle School in Longview and has spent over five years teaching English and academic literacy in local middle schools.
Jennifer Paulsen will fill the position at Tukes Valley Primary School after current principal Laurie Sundby also made the move to the district office to the new position of director of instructional leadership. Paulsen has spent the last 20 years working in education in northern Oregon and has been serving as principal at East Orient Elementary in Gresham, OR, since 2010.
“These are three dynamic and experienced leaders,” said Linda Allen, executive director of human resources. “We had an excellent pool of candidates and we are excited to have these principal positions filled with veteran educators.”