HAMILTON — Hamilton residents are invited to get to know the candidates who are in the running to become the next principal at Daly Elementary School.
A “meet and greet” event will take place from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Daly Elementary School.
This will be an opportunity to meet the 4 candidates in person and provide feedback to the school district.
The candidates include Sharon Webster, Catey Nasello, Ericka Dowd and Alanna Vaneps.
Below is information on the candidates provided by the Hamilton School District:
Sharon Webster: “I am excited to get the opportunity to meet your community. My husband I have fallen in love with Montana and are hoping to move soon. We love all things outdoors and our 3 dogs. I am passionate about being a principal and doing what is best for all students. I love to see students learn, grow, and succeed. I taught 4thand 5th grade for 9 years. In 2007, I took the position of Dean of Students then in 2009, I served 2 years as a Title I School Instructional Specialist working with students and staff to help improve academic achievement. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1996 with my Elementary Education Degree and then attended Arizona State University to attain a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision in 2005. I then completed my Educational Specialist Degree from Walden University in Administration Leadership.”
Catey Nasello: “My name is Catey Nasello and I am a product of Clovis and Sierra Unified school districts in California. I grew up participating in recreational activities that including camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. I knew I always wanted to be an educator and quickly earned my bachelor’s degree via a teaching scholarship through California State University, Fresno. I worked in construction and both of my home school districts while attending school for my bachelor's degree. I went on to earn my teaching credential through National University while working full time. I went on to spend several years of my career working in Gilroy Unified where I was an elementary teacher at various grade levels. I later became an instructional coach where I trained and coached elementary teachers in 21st century teaching practices. During my years coaching teachers all across my district, I earned my administrative credential through National University and my master’s degree in Educational Technology through Concordia University. I moved to Tracy Unified in 2017 when I was hired as an assistant principal at a K-8 school until I was promoted to a principal position of a Preschool-5th grade school. I'm grateful to be considered as a principal candidate in Hamilton, Montana and look forward to potentially serving your community.”
Erika Dowd: “I grew up in Sunburst, Montana, a small high-line town where schools are the center of the community. After graduating from North Toole County High School, I attended The University of Montana where I received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and met my husband of nearly 19 years. Together we are raising 3 great kids and enjoy the small-town life Hamilton has to offer. I taught one year of 2nd grade in Camas, Washington before accepting a kindergarten position in Corvallis, where I have been since. While in Corvallis I have taught grades K-2, as well as Title 1 for 3rd and 4th grades. Currently, I am the Head Teacher. This is a dual role position where I am both an instructional coach as well as the dean of students. I have gone on to further my education by earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, specializing in reading, as well as a K-12 principal endorsement. I am passionate about education and specifically about providing teachers and staff the supports they need in order for them to deliver the best possible education to students. After many years of teaching, I am looking forward to the next step of pursuing a career in educational leadership.