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Pioneer Middle School gets new principal

Jamie Rogers sits at her desk Friday at Lemoore High School on her last day before she starts at Pioneer Middle School as principal on Monday. 

Jamie Rogers is the new principal at Pioneer Middle School as of Monday.

“I have butterflies already,” Rogers said. “I am excited to hit the ground running.”

Rogers was an assistant principal at Lemoore High School and was hired last month. She replaces former principal Nicole Walsh, who resigned in December, the school’s assistant principal Scott Ervin said.

He said Pioneer Middle School had three interim principals before Rogers was hired.

“I have wanted to step into the role as a principal for a number of years now,” Rogers said.

She’s eager to start her first day by being available to meet with students. She plans to spend most of the day in classrooms to get familiar with students and staff.

Her goal is to prepare students for college and careers, and she said that it is never too early for students to plan for college.

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Another goal is to be a resource for staff members. Staff will be able to count on her in establishing the school’s culture and being a presence on campus.

Rogers was an assistant principal at Lemoore High School for six years from 2010 to 2016. Before that she was the district’s dean of student services for alternative education and worked with at-risk students. She also was a history teacher and an intervention coordinator at Avenal High School.

“I think I’ve had a lot of experiences during my career that have made me into the educator that I am today,” Rogers said.

Pioneer Union Elementary School District Superintendent Paul Van Loon is excited to see Rogers as principal of the school.

“She brings with her a lot of experiences that will benefit students here and the community,” he said.

Bob Reyes was the school’s third interim principal. He had retired in June 2010 as the former principal at Fresno High School. He came out of retirement to serve as the interim principal at Pioneer Middle School.

“I think this is just a great district,” Reyes said. “If I were a younger educator looking for a district to work for, this is one I would want to be a part of.”

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