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Event will feature final 3 candidates for MS principal

The Garfield Re-2 School District is holding an open house featuring the three final candidates for the Riverside Middle School principal position. The event will be held at Riverside Middle School in New Castle beginning at 6 tonight.

The three finalists are Karen Satter from Graham Mesa Elementary, Jenny Nipper from Rifle Middle School and Michael Haase from Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas.

Karen Satter has been with the Garfield Re-2 School District for 13 years including 10 years at Riverside Middle School. During her 21 years in education, she has served in a variety of roles including classroom teacher, counselor, instructional coach, dean of students and athletic director. She is currently a counselor, instructional coach and dean of students at Graham Mesa Elementary.



Jenny Nipper has been with the Garfield Re-2 School District for 13 years. During that time she has served in a variety of roles including classroom teacher at both Riverside and Rifle middle schools. She is currently the assistant principal at Rifle Middle School where she has served for the last six years.

Michael Haase is currently the assistant principal at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas — a school of 2,450 students. He has been in education for over 20 years and has taught world history, world geography and coached numerous sports. He has been in his current role since 2010.



Garfield Re-2 had 25 applicants for the Riverside position from all over the country, including several internal candidates. The new principal will take over for Jeena Williams, who tendered her resignation earlier this year for personal reasons and will continue to work through the 2016-17 school year.

The public will have the opportunity to meet with all three candidates today. Each candidate will have the opportunity to make a general statement and answer a few general questions. The rest of the time will be spent meeting with community members and parents.

All candidates will meet with the interview committee that includes students, community members, Riverside teachers and staff and district administration on Friday. A final decision is expected shortly after the interview process concludes.


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