MCPS announces leadership changes

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 11:00:03-04

MISSOULA – Several leadership changes are coming to Missoula’s schools.

Missoula Public County Public Schools is planning changes at Jeannette Rankin Elementary school, Lowell Elementary School, Meadow Hill Middle School and Big Sky High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

Christina Stevens, the current principal at Meadow Hill will be moving over to Jeannette Rankin Elementary School while current Big Sky High School principal Natalie Jaeger will transfer to the principal position at Meadow Hill Middle School.

Stevens will start the school year at the current Cold Springs Elementary School and will move to the new building at Jeannette Rankin Elementary School in the late fall when construction is complete.

MCPS also announced Friday morning that current Big Sky Assistant Principal Jennifer Courtney has been appointed as the interim principal of Big Sky High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Interviews for the next principal at Lowell Elementary School will begin the week of June 11th  with MCPS leaders saying the chosen candidate will start during the summer.

Current Lowell Elementary School principal Brooke Capser resigned her position earlier this week in order to support her family.

Superintendent Mark Thane is proud to see Stevens, Jaeger and Courtney transfer to these new leadership positions.

“I am excited to see our current leaders who understand and appreciate the vision and the ambitions of our district, as well as the potential for their school communities, serve in their new roles,” MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane said in a news release.

More information on the principal changes as provided by MCPS:

  • Stevens has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Meadow Hill Middle School for the past 25 years where she has been principal for the past six years.
  • Jaeger has served as the principal of Big Sky for the past four years, joining MCPS from her role as an administrator in the Boston Public Schools.
  • Courtney has served the district as a teacher at Seeley Swan High School for 11 years then transferring to Big Sky as a teacher on special assignment before filling the assistant principal role for the past four years.