Nampa schools will open next fall with four new principals in place.
Here’s the rundown:
Central Elementary School. Tami Vandeventer will replace Cindy Thomas, who is retiring. Vandeventer began her career in education in 1996 when Central opened its doors as a K-6 elementary school. She started out teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and ran Central’s Title I program.
She has taught third, fourth and fifth grades. For the past seven years, she has also been the school’s lead teacher, under Thomas’ direction.
Willow Creek Elementary School. Scott Knopp will replace Marie Clark, who is retiring. Knopp joined the district in 1996 at Nampa High School, and has worked there in many different roles.
Knopp spent eight years as an instructor in physical education, health and psychology.
During the past four years, Knopp has served as the dean of students.
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Greenhurst Elementary School & Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center. Jason Hillman will head Greenhurst and the Early Childhood Learning Center, the district’s special education preschool.
Hillman has been with the district as a teacher and administrator since 1996. During the past three years, he served as a building administrator at South Middle School, working in special education, limited English proficiency and other student programs.
Greenhurst Principal Whitney Ward has accepted another position.
Lake Ridge Elementary School. Steve LaBau will move over from Sunny Ridge Elementary School, which is closing as a cost-cutting move.
LaBau has been with the district as teacher and administrator since 1992, including three years at the helm of Sunny Ridge.
Current Lake Ridge Principal John Emerson accepted a building administrator position at South Middle School.