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Principal, Mr. Ken Gilbert

gilbert_kenI was born in Laconia, New Hampshire where I lived for the first eight years of my life. After that I moved to Oregon and went to a few schools in the Eugene/Springfield area before my family settled in Halsey. I graduated from Central Linn High School in 1989 and decided I was tired of school. I took a few classes at Lane Community College before deciding two years later what I really wanted to do. I went into the field of education and loved it. I transferred to O.S.U where I received by B.S. in Liberal Studies. After that, I went to Willamette University where I received my Masters in Teaching degree. I did my student teaching at Memorial for one year with Bill Kinkley in a 7th grade math class. At the end of the year, I applied for and received a classified position helping out the summer school program. During the program I applied for and received a teaching position with MMS. The first three years here I taught blocks of math and science to eighth graders. For the last six years I taught mainly math to 7th and 8th graders. In 2006 I finished my classes to receive my Administrators Certificate from the University of Oregon.

I have a wife named Tami and two boys named Kyle and Kaleb. I also have an old mutt named T-Bone and a younger one named Missy along with two cats named Rose and Boston. I enjoy spending time with my family riding quads, throwing horseshoes in tournaments, and camping. I’m a Beaver Believer along with rooting for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Miami Dolphins.

Assistant Principal,  Mr. Scott Jantzi

I grew up on a grass seed farm in Plainview, Oregon, and graduated from Lebanon High School.  For my first two years of college I went to a junior college in Kansas (Hesston College), and then spent a year on an exchange program to Germany.  Next, I spent a year working in a plywood mill and saving up to finish my undergraduate studies at Goshen College in Indiana where I majored in English and Secondary Education.  I began my teaching career in Indiana, and then moved back to Oregon where I completed my Master’s Degree in Education from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!).

Back in Oregon, I also met my future wife, and upon graduation from OSU, we moved to Puerto Rico to work at a school in rural Aibonito, Puerto Rico.  After two years in Puerto Rico (and the birth of our first daughter), we moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I taught at Eastern Mennonite University, and we welcomed a second daughter into our family.   After five years in Virginia, we were invited to become the Guatemala directors for an international relief and development agency (Mennonite Central Committee), so we packed up our young children and moved to Guatemala City in 1998.  In Guatemala, we welcomed a third daughter into our family, and after four years in Central America, we moved to Salem in 2002.

For the past fourteen years I have worked for the Salem-Keizer School District as a high school teacher and then as a Curriculum Specialist for middle and high schools supporting English Language Development, World Language, and Dual Language teachers and administrators

During my free time I like spending time outdoors with my wife and three daughters and enjoy watching OSU and Trailblazer games.  My principal hobby, however, is fishing, and I love to spend time on Oregon rivers and on the ocean chasing salmon and steelhead.

I am very much looking forward to the coming school year and the chance for me to get to know your students, and I know of no other profession that is as fulfilling (and at times challenging!) as the field of education.  One of my favorite quotes is from Christa Mcauliffe, who was a teacher selected to be an astronaut on the Challenger mission.  This is the way she put it:  “I touch the future … I teach.”   


Office Staff

Name: Position: Email:
LeAnn McAnulty Office Manager Email
Cindy Mills Clerical Specialist II Email
Mandy Cervantez Clerical Specialist II  Email
Elizabeth Anderson  Registrar/Counseling Secretary Email


Name: Position: Email: Website:
Sean Dawson 6th & 7th Grade Counselor Email
Katie Louk 8th Grade Counselor/ 7th AVID Teacher/ AVID Coordinator Email


Name: Position: Email: Website:
Kayla Adair Math Email
Jenny Allen Science Email
Kiersten Aldrich Math Email  Website
Traci Beaver Health/PE Email
Chris Bright Science Email Website
Julie Buchert Band/Choir Email Website
Margaret Coburn Science Email
Laurie Cox Language Arts / Social Studies Email
Lorinda Duncanson Social Communication Center Email
Stevie Drake Behavior Specialist Email
Jared Hinkle Math / AVID Email
Scott Johnston Language Arts Email
Billiejohnetta Kesinger Resource Email
Brittany Ketter Language Arts Email
Mallory Marquet Language Arts Email
Greg Markley Math Email
Joseph Meekins Social Studies Email
Michelle Meekins Health/Leadership Email
Susan Miller Technology Email Website
Kerrie O’Brien Science Email
Liz O’Donnell ELD Email
Heather Rogers P.E. Email
Danielle Saxton Speech Email
 Nicholas Shanks P.E. Email
Kourtney Shreve Foundational Learning Email
Suzanne Smith Language Arts Email
Jana Swearingen Social Studies Email
Erin Wallace Art Email
Connie Whipple-Mills Social Studies Email
 Adam Wieland Resource Email
Chelsea Yurchenko Math Email

Classified Staff

Name: Position: Email: Website:
 Evan Albrethson Email
Peter Cook Email
Tom Cornwell Email
Krissy Faulkner Email
Hannah Gammon Email
Anna Harris Email
Judy Martin Email
Terry Martin Email
Rod Miner Email
LeAnn Nofziger Email
Kimberlie Pigg Email
Jeremiah Provence Email
Keri Ramsey Email
Melissa Rutherford Email
Olivia Smith Email
Rose Tigner Email
Aaron Wells Email

Custodial Staff

Name: Position: Email: Website:
Melissa Fullerton Head Custodian Email
Jan Russell
Joe Valenzuela

Kitchen Staff

Name: Position: Email: Website:
Debbi Bryant Kitchen Manager Email

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