New leaders join the Crook County School District
As the school year unfolds, Crook County School District has welcomed a number of new faces to the leadership staff at the district.
New assistant principals started the first week of school at Barnes Butte Elementary and Crook County Middle School. Pioneer Alternative High School gained a new assistant principal as well, and the Nutritional Services department has a new supervisor.
Denny Bauldree is the new Crook County School District nutritional services supervisor. His main responsibilities are to serve safe and wholesome food to students. Bauldree has held several positions in the restaurant industry. He worked for Panera Bread for 12 years as a Joint Venture General Manager and opened and operated several different locations during his tenure there. He has also managed at several other well-known restaurants. He looks forward to implementing more scratch-made foods and stepping away from some of the ready-made items.
Michelle Zistel has taken the helm as the new assistant principal at Barnes Butte Elementary. Zistel most recently assisted with school improvement and English Language Learner programs at the Culver School District. She has been in the education field since 1985, working as an elementary school teacher, middle school math teacher, PE teacher, and instructional coach. Zistel has three children, an "A+ husband," and three small grandbabies. As BBE Assistant Principal, Zistel will use her extensive academic background to increase school improvement. She will coach students into good decisions, create a culture where students want to come to school, and be visible and approachable to families. This year, she looks forward to building relationships with BBE students, parents and staff members and supporting the mission of the district.
Crook County School District Superintendent Dr. Sarah Johnson recently appointed Pete Goodrich as assistant principal of Pioneer Alternative High School, under the leadership of Principal Michelle Jonas. He will also oversee the alternative education programs at Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and Rimrock Trails, and coordinate support for students receiving tutoring services.
Goodrich has served as lead teacher at Pioneer High School since 2005 when the school opened. He earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and a Preliminary Administrator License in 2008 and completed his Professional Administrator License coursework this spring.
Johnson said she is pleased that Goodrich will take on his new role, having worked so well with alternative education students for many years.
"He never raises his voice, he's always calm, and he's so flexible," she says of Goodrich.
Jason Ritter will serve as the new student services coordinator at Crook County High School, where he is responsible for building management. He supports students and staff on disciplinary issues, brings positive behavioral supports to students, and promotes school initiatives such as positive behavior intervention, AVID and Character Strong. He says care, compassion, relationships and accountability are all critical components of his position. He will partner with students, staff and parents to help all students be successful and to accomplish their dreams.
Ritter spent the last two years coordinating the Redmond School District's alternative education program at Redmond High School. He spent 13 years working as a teacher and English Language Acquisition Specialist in the Salem area before relocating to Powell Butte. From 2014-2017, he taught social studies at CCHS. Mr. Ritter and his wife have five children who are active in 4-H. He is thrilled to be back and fully vested in the community. He says the opportunity to return and serve the students and staff of CCHS feels like a privilege and an incredible head start on what he expects is going to be a wonderful year.
Marques Hase has started the new year as the new assistant principal at Crook County Middle School, where he will focus on student and teacher support. Hase previously worked in the Redmond School District as a middle school Dean of Students and Athletic Director. While working in Redmond, he taught middle school social studies, leadership and the AVID Elective and enjoyed coaching football, baseball and wrestling. His wife works as a fourth-grade teacher at Crooked River Elementary. They have two children, a 3-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter, who will be a first grader at Crooked River Elementary.
This year, Hase is looking forward to being a part of the Crook County School District and hitting the ground running to join the well-established middle school team.
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