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District names new administrators

John Pede will be next principal at Poynter Middle


Jon Pede has been named the next principal of Poynter Middle School.

Pede replaces Martha Guise, who was selected as the new principal of Century High School.

Pede began his educational career as a special education instructional assistant and teacher in California, and later served as principal at several schools there.

He spent four years as principal at Jackson Elementary School before becoming the director of student services in 2012.

He recently earned his doctorate from Lewis and Clark College with a dissertation focusing on the role of morals, values and ethics on the decisions of the school principal.

Filling Pede’s position as director of student services is Sarah Walker. Walker comes from Centennial High School in Gresham, where she has served as the school’s assistant principal for student services since 2013.Jon Pede

In another administrative move, Matt Nova has been named coordinator of student services, replacing Julie Le, who retired.

Nova has been a support specialist in the student services department, working with school-level teams to increase inclusion opportunities and access to the general curriculum for special needs students.