3 new Jefferson County principals announced


Jefferson County School District 509-J has announced three new principals. It comes after a nationwide search.

“I feel strongly they will bring to life the mission and vision of the schools while ensuring all our students flourish and are poised to take the next step post-graduation,” 509J Superintendent Jay Mathisen said in a statement.

Tony Summers

Madras High School

Summers is the manager of High Desert Education Service District’s Driver Education program, the district said. Prior to that, he was the principal of Anadarko High School in Anadarko, Oklahoma and Sentinel Junior and Senior High School.

“This school is a special place and I am thrilled to step in and lead to ensure students continue to flourish here,” Summers said of his move to Madras High in a statement.

Jessica Swagger

Bridges High School

Swagger is a counselor at Madras High School with more than 12 years classroom experience, the district said. In addition to teaching in the Verononia School District, she worked as a language arts teacher at Madras High School. Swagger has been in her counseling role since 2015.

“The school is offering more innovative opportunities for our students and I cannot wait to get to work with this staff. They are wonderful and care about building lasting relationships with their students and families,” Swagger said in a statement.

Katie Boyle

509J Online

Boyle is the assistant principal for Bridges and 509J Online, the district said. She she has worked as an elementary school teacher at Madras Elementary and served as Dean of Students for Bridges.

“I am excited to lead the talented staff that works tirelessly to reach kids that flourish in an alternative model of education. This is an exciting opportunity to build and grow this school to serve our families in better ways,” Boyle said in a statement.

All three start July 1.


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