Lisa Pierce will take over the reigns as the new principal at Elk Creek Elementary, and Jana Price will be the new principal at Kathryn Senor Elementary, the Garfield Re-2 board of directors decided in a special meeting Friday.
“We had exceptional candidates for both positions,” said Susan Birdsey, Garfield Re- 2 superintendent. “The fact that we have such strong candidates with an intimate knowledge of the Garfield Re-2 district — our staff, our kids, our families and our systems — and with such a deep devotion to children made the hiring process easy.”
Although their familiarity with Garfield Re-2 helped with the process, Garfield Re-2’s newest principals were hired for their skills.
“Lisa Pierce and Jana Price are excellent additions to the administrative team of Garfield Re-2. They both have rich classroom teaching experiences, and have demonstrated a deep knowledge of best practices in both the classroom, and as building and district leaders. We are lucky to have them,” Birdsey said.
LISA PIERCE COMES HOME
Lisa Pierce left Garfield Re-2 two years ago to pursue her administrative career as the principal at Johnson Elementary. She has 12 years of experience in the district as a classroom teacher at the former Roy Moore Elementary, an intervention teacher and academic coach at Cactus Valley Elementary and an academic coach at Elk Creek Elementary.
“Garfield Re-2 is home for me,” said Pierce. “I will miss the students and staff at Johnson Elementary. They have helped me grow and become a better leader and a better person, but I am very excited to return to Garfield Re-2 and bring the experience I have gained back to the district that taught me how to be a leader.”
Pierce takes over for Kenny Newby, who resigned at the end of June to take a position in his home state of Minnesota.
Pierce holds a bachelor of science from Central Michigan University and a master’s in educational leadership from Mesa State College.
JANA PRICE TO LEAD KSE
As longtime Principal Dave Lindenberg makes the move to assistant superintendent, Jana Price, the current Success For All Reading facilitator, will take the reigns at Kathryn Senor Elementary.
Price has worked for Garfield Re-2 for nine years in a variety of roles. She began her career in the district as a classroom teacher at Riverside Middle School and transitioned to Rifle Middle School as an academic coach before ending up at Kathryn Senor.
“As a staff member I know that the entire staff believes that ‘all of our kids are all of our kids’ and that translates into a family environment that truly grows and learns together. I am very humbled and honored to serve in this role,” said Price. “However, I will challenge the status quo to help our staff and students become the best they can be.”
Price holds a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M in interdisciplinary studies, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University and an educational specialist degree from the University of Colorado-Denver.