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Staff selected for Sierra Vista

Student enrollment boundaries to be set in next two weeks

It's only January, but Sunnyside School District administrators have already decided on a preliminary staff for the new Sierra Vista Middle School, which opens this fall.

Boundaries for student enrollment are still a work in progress, with a decision likely in the next two weeks.

Sierra Vista Principal Doug Rogers said a total of 64 teachers are transferring as a result of Sierra Vista and the transformation of Chief Kamiakin from a fifth and sixth grade school to a kindergarten through fifth.

Both Sierra Vista and Harrison Middle Schools will have sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

"It's all done," he said of new staff assignments. "They will be changing places to their new schools this summer."

Kim Lyons, a Chief Kamiakin sixth grade teacher headed to Sierra Vista, said she's looking forward to the new school.

"It's exciting," she said. "To be working in a brand new school."

The downside?

"Well, if there's a mess made in my brand new classroom everyone will know it was me or one of my students who did it," she laughed.

In addition to Rogers, other Sierra Vista office staff includes Assistant Principal Charlie Diaz, as well as counselors Angela Gonzales and Lupe Fraga.

Anna Desmarais will be Sierra Vista's head secretary and Anne Concienne will serve as school nurse. Sindy Maxwell will be the literacy coach at the new middle school.

Sixth grade teachers at Sierra Vista will be Miguel Bazaldua, Cheryl Engel, Kim Lyons, Michael Manza, Carla Rasmussen, Sylvia Richards, Ryan Russell and Brenda Tatum-Carlson

Teaching seventh grade at Sierra Vista will be Jennifer Golden, Ric Puente, Tyler Alseth, Kiran Dhillon, Becky Castilleja, Andi Tucker, Josh Bee and Miguel Guizar.

Eighth grade teachers will be Malinda Crane, Maria Garcia, Eric Berg, Chuck Neubauer, Judy Carrick, Marisol Fernandez, Raul Casatro and Brandon Beeman.

Sierra Vista's health and fitness teacher will be Paul Goulet and Scott Waywell will teach music.

Dawn Canales will handle special programs at the school and Becki Krona will handle computers.

Sierra Vista para-professionals will be Linda Farmer, Oralia Vidaurri, Renee Johnson, Albert Ramos, Azuncena Isiordia, Adrian Corona, Crystal Saucedo and Chris Medrano.

Estella Evans will serve as home visitor. Luis Sambrano will be day custodian and Evelyn Murray will be head cook.

Both the staff and boundaries are subject to final approval by the school board. School Superintendent Rick Cole said that will likely take place in early February.

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