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New Principals, TAPs Announced at ALSD schools for 2019-2020

New Principals, TAPs Announced at ALSD schools for 2019-2020


Five schools in the Alta Loma School District will have new principals when the 2019-2020 school year kicks off in August.


In addition, four schools will also welcome new assistant principals.


“It’s not unusual to see personnel changes every year because of retirements, promotions, transfers and any number of reasons,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “All it takes is one or two moves, which start a domino effect of changes up and down the line. We’re glad to take care of the shifting all at once rather than piecemeal, which gives us a head start on the next school year.”


Michele Rachielles, who has served as principal at Floyd M. Stork Elementary School for the past three years and was previously principal at Deer Canyon Elementary School for four years, will be the new principal at Alta Loma Junior High School. Longtime ALJHS principal Susie Melton is moving to a district role as an elementary school reading specialist.


Taking over as principal at Stork will be Phil Suttner, who has been the principal at Carnelian Elementary School for the past three years. Before taking that role, Suttner was a teaching assistant principal at Stork.


Dolly Bentley has been named to succeed the retiring Sue Chrismer as principal at Alta Loma Elementary School. With 17 years working in the Alta Loma School District, Bentley spent the past five years as a teaching assistant principal—most recently at Alta Loma Elementary after also working at Deer Canyon and Stork. Chrismer is retiring after 17 years with the district.


Rebecca Acosta, who spent the past two years as an assistant principal at Acacia Elementary School in the Fullerton School District, is the new principal at Jasper Elementary. Previous principal Catherine Tamayo accepted a principal’s position at an elementary school in the Bear Valley Unified School District in Big Bear Lake.


Maureen Vass has been promoted from dean of students to assistant principal at Vineyard Junior High. Matt Dzama, previously the teaching assistant principal at Hermosa Elementary, will move to Vineyard as the new dean of students.


Joshua Jauss has been appointed teaching assistant principal at Alta Loma Elementary after teaching at Vineyard for the past three years.


Jenny Rice, for the past eleven years a teacher at Jasper, will move to Deer Canyon as a teaching assistant principal.


The Alta Loma School District is expected to soon begin a regionwide search for the Carnelian principal and Hermosa teaching assistant principal positions. Those appointments are expected to be announced during the summer, along with new teachers and staff members.