The Central School District has announced its finalists for the position of principal of Ash Creek Elementary School and Central High School. Finalists will visit CSD communities this week. The two buildings will be an opportunity for the community to meet the candidates.
Candidates for the new CHS director are Roseanna Larson and Nate Muñoz. A community meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on May 3 at the high school alumni gymnasium. Spanish interpreters will be available.
Larson is an assistant principal at CHS and has over 16 years of instructional leadership experience. Prior to moving into administration, Larson taught English and Power Peers at CHS while also teaching for Western Oregon University’s MAT program. Larson said she is passionate about serving students, staff, families and the community. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does, both professionally and personally. Larson said she has a strong commitment to equity and a dedication to building sustainable systems and teams to support student growth and success. Larson enjoys spending time with his family, camping, reading and traveling.
Muñoz describes himself as a family man. Growing up in Idaho, he says his mother is his hero and his family means everything to him. Muñoz places great importance on developing a positive climate culture and believes in the power of relationships. He said he has always had great concern for his teammates, families and students. He values honesty and integrity in all of his dealings and decision-making. Muñoz has just completed his 13th year in teaching and his 5th year as a high school administrator. He was principal of two high schools in Oregon – South Albany High School and Clackamas High School. He taught language arts, was a leadership teacher and coached basketball at Redmond High School before becoming an administrator.
Candidates for new ACES directors are Jenneca Crocker, Rosa Díaz-Avery and Jessie Padilla. A community meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on May 4 at the Ash Creek Elementary School Library. Spanish interpreters will be available.
Crocker comes from Philomath. She is currently the Principal of Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose and previously served as the K-5 Principal of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools in Dallas. Crocker has K-2 teaching experience in Dallas, Sutherlin and Eugene. In addition to her educational experiences, she served in the United States Army for six years as a commissioned officer, assuming command of a logistics and movement control team. She lives with her family in McMinnville and enjoys outdoor recreation, playing music, playing basketball and spending time with loved ones.
Díaz-Avery is a bilingual and bicultural educator with 22 years of experience. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Monmouth in 2015, where she accepted the position of vice principal at Talmadge Middle School. There, she established a comprehensive reading intervention program. Díaz-Avery manages student discipline using restorative justice practices. She began her career as a paraprofessional working with elementary and middle school students who read below grade level. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Southern California (USC) with minors in Spanish and Education. She holds two master’s degrees, one in education from USC and the second from Concordia Irvine University in educational administration. Díaz-Avery lives in Monmouth with her family. She enjoys spending free time with her family, training for marathons (she has completed 15) and singing karaoke.
Padilla has been an elementary educator for 10 years, nine of them at ACES. She is currently a behavioral specialist at ACES. After earning her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from WOU, she taught for a year in Salem-Keizer before returning to establish herself as Ash Creek Eagle. Padilla holds a Master of Science in Education from WOU, with a specialization in Educational Leadership in Elementary Mathematics, and completed her ESOL and Bilingual Honors through a study abroad experience in Argentina. Originally from Massachusetts, she moved to Monmouth in 2001 to start her family. In her spare time, she likes to walk their Saint Bernards around the neighborhoods of Monmouth and Independence.
After final interviews this week, the administration hopes to announce the selections next week.