Public Invited to Meet Sam Case Principal Candidates
Sam Case Elementary School in Newport will have a new principal to lead students and staff during the coming school year, and parents, students and just plain folks from the community are invited to help with the selection.
We’re all invited to meet the three finalists in the school gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. At this get together, each candidate will have 20 minutes to speak and answer questions. School district officials will gather written feedback from those in the audience filling out a simple form and turning it in at the end of the meeting.
The pool of 29 applicants was narrowed down to 10 who were then interviewed via video/voice online calls. The final three candidates selected for an in-person interview and the public meeting are: Eric Fuchs of McMinnville, Jose-de-Jesus Melendez of Renton, Wash., and Kimberly Seidel of Tillamook.
Fuchs has been an educator for the past 17 years in the Newberg School District, teaching third, fourth and fifth grades at Edwards Elementary School, with certifications in elementary education, English as a Second Language, and reading. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University.
Melendez has been an educator for the past 16 years – nine years as a dual immersion elementary classroom teacher and eight years as a building and district administrator. For the past three years, he has been Director of Equity for the Bellevue School District, located east of Seattle. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s degree in curriculum instruction and bilingual education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership, also from Northwest Nazarene.
Seidel has been an educator for the past 18 years in the Tillamook School District. For 15 of those years, she served as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher and Title I math specialist, and for the past four years as Dean of Students/Assistant Principal at East Elementary. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Oregon University, administrative license credentials from Concordia University in Portland, and a master’s degree in education, also from Concordia University.
The upcoming change of leadership at Sam Case Elementary School is part of the overall reconfiguration of schools in Newport and Lincoln City for the coming school year. Libba Sager, who has been principal at Sam Case this school year, will transfer to the newly reopening Yaquina View Elementary School this Fall.