13 Schools Start Year with New Principal
August 27, 2021 – West Ada School District welcomes 13 principals into their new roles this school year. Read more about many of these leaders in the following profiles.
- Natalie Kelley, Desert Sage Elementary School
- Todd Adams, Star Elementary School
- Brittany Amos, Discovery Elementary School
- Danielle Andrus, Andrus Elementary School
- Sara DiGrazia, McMillan Elementary School
- Rachel Edwards, Meridian Middle School
- Monty Hyde, Lewis and Clark Middle School
- Christopher Kelley, Joplin Elementary School
- Scot Montoya, Mountain View High School
- Larry Parks, Lake Hazel Middle School
- Cliff Rice, Owyhee High School
- Jason Robarge, Centennial High School
- Alisa Tueller, Pepper Ridge Elementary School
- Gwenda Venecia, Prospect Elementary School
Todd Adams, Principal, Star Elementary School
Being the educational leader at an elementary is an extremely fun and exciting challenge. I serve our district by ensuring our teachers receive the needed support and training to ensure our students receive a world class education.
I started my teaching career at Lake Hazel Middle School teaching multiple subjects and grade levels. I later earned my master’s degree from the University of Idaho in educational leadership and worked as an intern at Desert Sage Elementary. After two years, I was accepted the position of principal at Shadow Butte Elementary in the Emmett School District where I have been for the last six years.
I am so excited to get back to West Ada and work in such a strong community. The best part of my day is when I am working with students and helping them learn.
Sara DiGrazia, Principal, McMillan Elementary School
I help guide our teachers and students to be learners.
I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a middle school English endorsement. I recently obtained my master's degree in leadership education from Boise State University. I have been in education for 22 years as a teacher, an instructional coach and now a principal.
I am most looking forward to working collaboratively with the teachers and students.
Monty Hyde, Principal, Lewis and Clark Middle School
My primary role is to help support and increase student achievement. As an instructional leader, it is my job to support our district's instructional framework and ensure all staff members have the training and resources needed for student success.
This is my 20th year in education. My career started with a degree in elementary education, and my first experience was teaching 4th grade. I later pursued my master’s degree in counseling and spent time as a middle school and high school counselor. During my time as a school counselor, I obtained my ed specialist degree in educational leadership and spent the last six years as an assistant principal.
I am looking forward to getting to know my staff and students at LCMS, and the opportunity to build positive relationships. I'm also excited to build on the systems that have already been established, with the goal of increasing student achievement.
Chris Kelley, Principal, Joplin Elementary School
I promote and drive the growth of student learning through collaboration with teachers, district staff and the community through this role.
I started my teaching career in middle school. While middle school was exciting and fun, I wanted a change and decided I wanted to teach elementary school students. I have taught many different grade levels and liked some more than others. After working with elementary school students, I decided I wanted to go into administration. I have been in administration now for four years and love every minute of it.
I look forward to getting back to a student-centered focus and driving student learning through collaboration and data.
Scot Montoya, Principal, Mountain View High School
My role ensures that our students are receiving the best education possible that includes helping teachers, students, and families; obtaining the best practices; and having programs that help students after they graduate. As an educator, I believe it is important to know our students and families so that I understand their needs so we can best serve them in their future endeavors.
In the past 25 years, I have served in three school districts, have taught 6th through 12th grade, coached all levels, and will be going into my 18th year serving as a school administrator in West Ada. Over this time span I have observed how students learn and prepare for their future. I have also had the privilege to witness how past students are succeeding and the career paths they have taken. I have heard back from many students over the years about how our schools helped them be successful. They go out of their way to say hello, give me updates and say thank you. This is very rewarding.
I am looking forward to getting to know our students and families. It is an honor being able to help people and to watch our teachers work with students as well as students work with each other. It will be great to watch our students thrive and shine.
Larry Parks, Principal, Lake Hazel Middle School
My role is to make sure all students are college and career ready. Beyond that, my role is ensuring that students have a safe place to learn and to establish relationships with their peers and their teachers.
I started my career as a middle school English teacher. I also coached football, basketball and baseball. From there, I taught high school English, speech and health while serving as the middle school athletic director. I also taught elementary PE. Approximately 10 years into my career, I became a middle school assistant principal. I served in this position for four years. I then became a building principal at the intermediate level, the elementary level, and the middle school level. I served my district in this capacity for nine years. From there, I came to the West Ada School District and served as an assistant principal at Meridian High School for four years. This coming year will be my first year as a principal in the West Ada School District.
I'm looking forward to watching middle school students find their successes and overcome their failures.
Jason Robarge, Principal, Centennial High School
I am proud to serve the students, staff, and the overall CHS community. I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with the Patriot community. So proud to be returning to the House of Rich Maroon. Go Patriots!
I have been in education for over 25 years. I have been a classroom teacher at all levels, a high school soccer coach, a middle and high school activities director, and an elementary principal and a high school assistant principal. With all of those titles, I have done just about everything in the public school setting. Everything from announcing varsity football games, to wearing a turkey costume at River Valley Elementary School for the Annual RVE Turkey Trot.
I look forward to reconnecting with the Centennial community. This is where I started my West Ada School District career back in 2005. I was an assistant principal at Centennial for my first four years. I am going home!