Office of Public Information
Laura Boss, Director of Communications
For Immediate Release: Monday, July 30, 2012
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Announces Selection of New Principals for Andersen Elementary School and Kaiser Elementary School
In late June, 2012, the principals of Kaiser Elementary and Andersen Elementary Schools informed the District of their intent to leave N-MUSD at the conclusion of the 2011/12 school year.
The District immediately began the process to recruit principal candidates. The process included community forums held at each school to gather input from parents and staff about the attributes they would like to see in their next principal. The District held interviews conducted by panels comprised of district, employee, and parent representatives from each of the open schools. The District concluded the final interviews the week of July 16.
The District is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Shannon Bray as Principal of Andersen Elementary School and Dr. Deborah Granger as Principal of Kaiser Elementary School. Due to the summer schedule, the individuals have been appointed by the Superintendent and the Board will officially ratify the appointments at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on August 28, 2012.
Dr. Bray and Dr. Granger have expressed a desire to immediately begin their assignments in N-MUSD and introduce themselves to their school communities. Information about scheduled opportunities to meet and greet the new principals will be shared as soon as it becomes available.
Dr. Shannon Bray, Principal of Andersen Elementary School
Dr. Bray comes to N-MUSD with 9 years of successful administrative experience at elementary, middle and high schools in the Clovis Unified School District. During her tenure as Principal of Maple Creek Elementary School, the schools API grew from 923 to 945, making it the top performer in the school district. Dr. Bray has exemplary recommendations, motivation, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic. She has a proven track record of creating systems of instructional support and learning for staff that result in significant academic growth for students. Dr. Bray will begin at Andersen Elementary School on August 8, 2012.
Dr. Deborah Granger, Principal of Kaiser Elementary School
Dr. Granger comes to N-MUSD with 14 years of successful K-12 administrative experience. Dr. Granger transitions to Newport-Mesa after serving the last 12 years as Coordinator of Instructional Services for the Orange County Department of Education. At OCDE, she provided leadership to schools throughout Orange County. Dr. Granger worked with the leadership teams at TeWinkle Intermediate School and Rea Elementary School, as well as provided professional development and resources to N-MUSD teachers and administrators, district-wide. Dr. Granger possesses expertise in the areas of curriculum development, common core state standards, building leadership capacity, creating positive learning cultures, and preparing students for life success in the 21st century. Dr. Granger has exemplary recommendations that speak to her unwavering dedication, passion and knowledge. Dr. Granger will begin at Kaiser Elementary School on August 13, 2012.