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New principals chosen for two middle schools

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EAGLE – Eagle County Schools has selected new leaders for two of its middle schools.

Dave Russell has been named the principal of Gypsum Creek Middle School.

Most recently, Russell was education-technology coordinator, instructional coach and assistant principal at Eagle Valley High School.

Russell has coordinated the “Enhancing Education Through Technology” Title II grant program, a professional-development program. Previous to that, Russell was a full-time assistant principal and technology coordinator at Eagle Valley High School since 2007.

“We are thrilled that Dave has accepted the position of principal of Gypsum Creek Middle School,” said Sandra Smyser, superintendent of Eagle County Schools. “He brings an impressive background and the skillset necessary to continue to move this school and our district in the right direction.”

Russell received a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Russell has had the chance to help impact students districtwide by being involved in a number of committees and task forces, including Technology Advisory Committee, Eagle County Classrooms of Tomorrow, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Study Team, High School Task Force for 21st Century Learning, School Accreditation Review Committee, Laptops Enhancing Academic Proficiency, Eagle County Technology and Information Literacy and Technology Committee Chairman.

A national search was conducted before Russell was chosen. His start date is Aug. 1.

Battle Mountain High School alumnus Katie Jarnot has been named the principal of Eagle Valley Middle School.

For the past 12 years, Jarnot has worn many different hats in the world of education. Jarnot has been assistant principal of Barrington Middle School in Barrington, N.H., since 2006, where she worked to improve overall school climate, instituted new academic and disciplinary programs, improved school wellness, enhanced school-parent relations and communication, created a consistent schoolwide curriculum and wrote new policies and procedures.

Previous to this role, Katie was an english teacher at Kingswood Regional Middle School in Wolfeboro, N.H., and a producer for Boston Productions in Norwood, Mass.

Jarnot received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, English and theater from Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of New Hampshire. Jarnot is presently working toward a certificate in behavior intervention in autism and a second master’s degree in autism and spectrum disorders at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

“We are confident that Katie will bring a very high level of expertise and passion to the Eagle Valley Middle School community,” Smyser said Sandra. “Having grown up in Eagle County, Katie has experience with and understanding of working with the unique characteristics of a mountain-resort community.”

A national search was conducted to fill the position.

Jarnot will start Aug. 1.


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