Students at nearly a dozen Pasco schools will find a new person in the principal's office this year. Here's a snapshot of the new faces on campus:
Kay Coe, San Antonio Elementary
Replaces: Vanessa Hilton
Last school: Nixon Elementary, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (principal)
Plans for change? "I have only been at (San Antonio Elementary) for a little over a month, and do not see a major need to change anything, just listen, learn and let teacher and student need drive change."
Free time fun: "I love to kayak (how I broke my hand), bike, bowl, play cards, entertain family and friends in my home."
George Papaemanuel, Mary Giella Elementary
Replaces: Katie Lail
Last school: Cypress Elementary (assistant principal)
Favorite part of school day: "My favorite part of the day is greeting staff, students and families to school in the morning. I love seeing how everyone is doing, if they had a nice night, if they are ready to give the day their best."
On my iPod: "My favorite everyday music is from the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Billy Joel, Black Eyed Peas and when I want to go 'old school,' Van Halen, and Run DMC."
Judy Cosh, Pine View Elementary
Replaces: Cortney Gantt
Last school: Chasco Elementary (assistant principal)
Recommended reading: "I just finished reading The Art and Science of Teaching, which will guide our understanding of the new teacher evaluation system, for both administrators and teachers. It is a powerful guide and resource to the keys of great teaching and learning."
Dream super power: "The super power I would like to possess is flying — it would be such an amazing gift to go on 'mini' vacations where I could soar above our landscape and appreciate the beauty below."
David Huyck, Chasco Middle
Replaces: Christine Wolff
Last school: Crews Lake Middle (assistant principal)
My hero: "Geoffrey Canada; for demonstrating that meeting the needs of our most disadvantaged and struggling student(s) requires that we do whatever it takes."
On my iPod: "Miles Davis, Husker Du, Beatles, Pearl Jam."
Christine Wolff, John Long Middle
Replaces: Beth Brown
Last school: Chasco Middle (principal)
Plans for change? "Adding a seventh period for students to have more educational opportunities."
Recommended reading: "Anything by Jodi Picoult."
Jason Petry, Lake Myrtle Elementary
Replaces: Kara Smucker
Last school: Veterans Elementary (assistant principal)
Favorite part of the school day: "When the kids come to school in the morning. This is a time that sets the tone for the day. I get and give lots of high fives."
Dream super power: Mind reading.
Nicole Reynolds, Shady Hills Elementary
Replaces: Tom Barker
Last school: Shady Hills Elementary (assistant principal)
Recommended reading: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch.
Free time fun: "Anything outside. I love to sit by the pool, swim, or garden."
Kara Smucker, Gulf Highlands Elementary
Replaces: Jill Middleton
Last school: Lake Myrtle Elementary (principal)
Dream super power: "Flight, so I can arrive from one place to another quicker."
Recommended reading: The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon.
Katie Lail, Pasco Elementary
Replaces: Barbara Munz
Last school: Mary Giella Elementary (principal)
Plans for change? "Currently, I have no plans to change anything at Pasco Elementary. My first priority is building relationships with the staff, students, parents and community. Barb Munz (former principal) was a phenomenal leader who created a climate of trust and professional empowerment among her staff. I believe in the power of professional learning communities and know that relationship building is key to their success."
Free time fun: "I love to travel when I have time. When time is limited, I enjoy reading a good novel while relaxing on the beach."
Dolly Gauvey, Cypress Elementary
Replaces: Deanna Decubellis
Last school: Chasco Elementary (principal, 2009-10)
Favorite part of the school day: "I love when I walk into a classroom and have a child grab my hand to pull me over to his/her desk to show me the wonderful things he/she is doing. When I see children who are proud of what they are doing, I know we are on the right track."
Dream super power: "I know that some children consider school their only safe haven, so I would love to be able to change their circumstances and have the ability to take away all the hurt in this world."