Principal Profiles

Meet some of our new principals of the 2021-2022 school year!

Shannon McPherson, Cougar Run Elementary
Meet Shannon McPherson, the new principal of Cougar Run Elementary.

"Slow down….life flies by, and you don't want to miss it. Pay attention to your words and they align? Be intentional about who you surround yourself they help or hurt you? Don't sweat the small won't remember it!"
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Francesca Pappalardo, Cresthill Middle School
Meet Francesca Pappalardo, the new Principal at Cresthill Middle School.

"Relationships are the foundation of everything we do, as leaders and educators. I work hard everyday to build and cultivate authentic relationships with everyone--students, teachers, staff, parents and community members."
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Cheryl Fullmer, Fox Creek Elementary
Meet Cheryl Fullmer, the new Principal at Fox Creek Elementary.

"While 2020 was a difficult year for many, for me, it was a year of self-reflection. It was a year to stop and really figure out what I valued. It was a year that I was able to slow down and really figure out what brought me joy."
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Jenna Munoz, Iron Horse Elementary
Meet Jenna Munoz, the new Principal at Iron Horse Elementary.

"I love taking the time to appreciate my staff! They all work so hard and are a true family! I love to leave little notes, give shout-outs, bring sweet treats, and offer time to connect with each other. I believe in the power of positivity and being grateful. It feels so good to thank a staff member for large and small accomplishments."
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Amy Wawrychuk, Meadow View Elementary
Meet Amy Wawrychuk, the new Principal at Meadow View Elementary.

"I’ve always been able to see the big picture, and as a teacher, I wanted to do more, to affect more people and make lasting change. Administration seemed like the next step, and my former elementary principal always gave me leadership roles and encouraged me in my journey."
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Gina Landis, Pioneer Elementary
Meet Gina Landis, the new Principal at Pioneer Elementary.

"I am reading Elena Aguilara's 'The Art of Coaching Teams.' With Professional Learning Communities and a new staff this book is helping me ground myself in what is effective in creating a collaboration of working together."
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Luke Lorenz, Plum Creek Academy
Meet Luke Lorenz, the new Principal at Plum Creek Academy.

"When I need energy I like to walk the hall and connect with staff and students. A quick conversation, a laugh, or a smile goes a long way to energize my day. If that doesn't work, I always have the coffee machine."
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Trena Hand, Renaissance Elementary Magnet School
Meet Trena Hand, the new Principal at Renaissance Elementary Magnet School.

"I am always working on balance. It is so important to not get bogged down in the demands of the day, but to find the little moments that bring you joy, light and laughter."
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Megan Brown, Rock Canyon High School
Meet Megan Brown, the new Interim Principal at Rock Canyon High School

"Well, coffee is important. But spending time in the classrooms with students is where the real positive energy exists. I love to see students engaged with each other and with their teachers in real collaborative ways, building positive relationships!"
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Katie Sodaro-Jensen, Trailblazer Elementary
Meet Katie Sodaro-Jensen, the new Principal at Trailblazer Elementary.

"I was inspired by colleagues I have worked with for the past several years. They have always believed in me and encouraged me to challenge myself as an educator. Working under fantastic leaders helped me grow in my practice and gain the confidence to take on the role as principal."
Read More about Katie Sodaro-Jensen, Trailblazer Elementary
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