Leadership Announcement

Hello YUSD Families,
As many of you may know, our Superintendent Jim Berry recently announced his retirement.  In view of that, I couldn’t be more excited to introduce myself as your next Superintendent.  I am honored to be chosen for this role and appreciate the trust our Board of Education has shown in me.  Our district values being a part of a supportive team and there exists a strong tradition of keeping students at the center of all we do.  I am thankful to be able to continue this in my new role and lead our district into the future.
As a result of the leadership of our Board, Jim Berry, and our district and school leaders, I am inheriting a wonderfully successful organization.  Our district has many strengths, all of which I’ve had an opportunity to witness firsthand during my time as Principal at Jackson Street.  Leadership transitions present an opportunity for reflection and identifying positive areas for change.  I look forward to hearing from you to help us determine the priorities for our work ahead.
Along with my move to Superintendent beginning January 1st, I am proud to announce that Ms. Lorraine Joling will be joining me at the district office as the new Director of Educational Services.  Her long history in YUSD, strong leadership skills, and knowledge of the curriculum have made her an expert in supporting our students and staff with all components of teaching and learning.
Rounding out our district admin team is Amy Dunlap who will be continuing as Principal of Evergreen Elementary and as our Director of Special Education.  Ms. Dunlap is a professional with a passion for our youngest students.  Thank you Amy for your dedication to our district and families.
I am also proud to announce the selections of Ms. Sarah Jankowski as interim Principal and Ms. Kim Heilmann as interim Assistant Principal of Jackson Street.  They will serve in these positions for the remainder of the school year. Both Sarah and Kim have huge hearts for kids and are dedicated to serving their Ram family.  Please know, I am dedicated to building a culture of collaboration and transparency to ensure our continued success.  Near the end of the school year, we will go through a process to select the permanent leadership team for JSS and will solicit feedback and participation from students, staff, and parents.  Our goal is to accomplish this together!
And finally, please join me in welcoming our new school counselor, Alyssa Tudor.  Ms. Tudor was born and raised in our community and now returns to us with a wealth of experience in supporting students.  We are so excited to be able to offer this support for families and know she will be a valuable member of our district support team.
We are dedicated to helping your children succeed and look forward to the future.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we're here for you!
On behalf of all of us at YUSD, we wish you Happy Holidays!