The reputation Nooksack Valley Schools has on focused learning drew Jeff Demorest to apply for the position of assistant principal for Nooksack Valley High School. And his experience as a teacher and principal made him a good fit for the newly opened position.
With Cristal Campos moving from her role as assistant principal at NVHS to assistant principal at NVMS, the high school was on a search for a new assistant principal. Demorest was the answer.
"We are excited to learn from and with Jeff as he comes with a depth of experience as an assistant principal, teacher and instruction coach," says Collin Buckley, NVHS principal. "He has the right balance of systems knowledge and building authentic relationships that staff and students will appreciate."
Demorest, who lives in Ferndale, taught mainly math at Ferndale High School for 16 years. He has spent the last nine years as the assistant principal at Burlington-Edison High School.
He's excited to return to work in Whatcom County. "Frankly, in my mind, Nooksack has a reputation on being really focused on learning," he says. "I have rubbed shoulders with district leaders in the past and they have always been super positive and focused."
With an official start date of July 1, Demorest says his main role is to support Buckley and his mission for the school. "We are in the process of getting to know each other and what all that means," Demorest says. He knows he'll head up discipline for the school and take a role in supervising teachers. "Nooksack is a pretty awesome place, but we are looking for ways to integrate new ideas and a fresh set of eyes can be helpful for everybody."
Already Demorest has been "overwhelmed" by the welcome he's received from the NV community. "There have been lots of people reaching out already," he says. "It is all smiles, and I can't wait to get to know everybody."