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Superintendent announces choices for MHS, Bridges and the 509-J Online school

Three new principals have been announced by the 509-J School District.

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Tony Summers will take over his role as principal at Madras High School on July 1.

Late last week, Tony Summers was named the new principal at Madras High School. He replaces Brian Crook, who is leaving at the end of the school year. Summers will start July 1.

On Tuesday, the district announced the hiring of Jessica Swagger as the new Bridges High School principal and Katie Boyle as the principal of the 509-J Online program.

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Jessica Swagger (left) will serve as principal of Bridges High School. Katie Boyle will be principal of the 509-J Online program.

"We are thrilled to announce the selection of three effective leaders to take on these instrumental positions at Madras High, Bridges, and 509-J Online," said Superintendent Jay Mathisen. "I feel strongly they will bring to life the mission and vision of the schools while ensuring all our students flourish and are poised to take the next step post-graduation."

Summers brings a wealth of experience in K-12 education to the position. He is currently the manager of High Desert Education Service District's Driver Education program. Prior, he was principal of Anadarko High School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He has also served as principal of Sentinel Junior High/High School. Summers spent years in classrooms as a teacher in middle and high school prior to his administrative experience.

He received his Bachelor's of Science from Portland State, his Master's of Arts in Education from George Fox University and is completing his Doctorate in Education Administration Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Oklahoma.

"I am excited for this opportunity to serve as principal of MHS and build on the success Brian Crook and his team have fostered in recent years," Summers said. "This school is a special place and I am thrilled to step in and lead to ensure students continue to flourish here."

Swagger is currently serving as school counselor at Madras High School. She brings more than a dozen years of classroom experience. She started her teaching career in the Vernonia School District before coming to the Madras-based district in 2007. Swagger spent several years teaching Language Arts at MHS. In 2015, she decided to make the shift from school teacher to school counselor.

She worked at Bridges High School in that capacity for three years before returning to MHS.

Swagger holds a Bachelor's of Science in History and Master's of Teaching from Eastern Oregon and Master's of Science in School Counseling from Capella University.

"I am excited to partner with the staff, students, and parents to make Bridges High School the best it can be for our community," Swagger said. "The school is offering more innovative opportunities for our students and I cannot wait to get to work with this staff. They are wonderful and care about building lasting relationships with their students and families."

Boyle is currently the assistant principal for Bridges and 509-J Online. Previously, she served as Dean of Students for Bridges. She is also serving as the program director for the district's after-school program, the 21st Century Community Learning Center. Boyle has years of classroom experience at Madras Elementary where she taught first and fourth grades.

She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master's of Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. Boyle is also a Madras High School alum. She is raising her family in Madras and her two kids attend 509-J schools.

"I have called Madras home for many years and I am thrilled to step into this role for 509-J Online," Boyle said. "I am excited to lead the talented staff that works tirelessly to reach kids that flourish in an alternative model of education. This is an exciting opportunity to build and grow this school to serve our families in better ways."

The contents of this release was largely courtesy of a Jefferson County 509-J School District press release.

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