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Crook County School District has announced the hiring of Michelle Zistel for the 2019-20 school year

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Barnes Butte Elementary School announces new assistant principal

Crook County School District has announced the hiring of Michelle Zistel as the new Barnes Butte Elementary School assistant principal for the 2019-20 school year.

Zistel is a native Central Oregonian and brings to this position 24 years of teaching experience, both at the elementary and middle school levels.

"Michelle understands what ground zero is like in the classroom, having spent 20-plus years as a teacher. She will create needed systems at BBES to move the school forward," states CCSD Superintendent Sara Johnson. "Michelle possesses an innate ability to make connections with students, parents and staff. She shares our district vision that every data point has a name and a face; every data point is a student and every student has a voice that needs to be heard."

Zistel is a graduate of Mountain View High School and Linfield College. She has more recently worked as an instructional coach in Jefferson County and as Culver School District's title programs administrator, school improvement leader, project manager and assessment coordinator.

BBES Principal Jim Bates shared his excitement to have Zistel as part of his team next school year.

"Michelle's strengths, assets and skill sets will dovetail nicely with the many talents of our staff and our school improvement efforts at BBES. We are elated to welcome her to our school community," he said.

Zistel will begin her role as assistant principal in July, replacing Jeremy McLean. She looks forward to transitioning from her district office role to a school leadership position and collaborating with teachers and students to raise the academic bar at BBES.

"I am honored to partner with the staff, students and families of Barnes Butte Elementary School," Zistel stated. "It is with great anticipation that I look forward to building strong relationships and great memories as we educate and empower the next generation of amazing children."

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