Co-Principal Artonya Gemmill

Artonya Gemmill

Hello, my name is Artonya Gemmill and I am the new Co-Principal for the Edge Program. I started my career in education as an instructional assistant with the San Mateo-Foster City School District prior to becoming an elementary school full-inclusion teacher. As a full-inclusion teacher, I taught grades K-2. After that, I continued my educational journey at San Francisco State University where I received my master’s degree in special education.

After eight years of service in the education field in Northern California and one year of service in the McMinnville School District, I joined the SKPS team in 2007 as a high school special education teacher. Starting in 2008, I served as an assistant principal at West Salem and South Salem high schools. In 2013, I began my role as the principal of Brush College Elementary school and most recently, served as principal at Clear Lake Elementary School.

I view a collaborative school environment as an important part of building successful learners. I believe having strong relationships between students, staff and parents will foster that success.­

Co-Principal Christine Bowlby

Christine Bowlby

Hello, my name is Christine Bowlby and I am the new Co-Principal for the EDGE Program. I have worked in Salem Keizer for more than 19 years of experience,  most recently serving as principal at Keizer Elementary. I started with SKPS in 2001 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Fruitland Elementary before transitioning to Swegle Elementary where I taught fourth-grade before becoming an instructional coach at the school.

While teaching, I earned a master’s degree in education with endorsements in both reading and ESOL. In 2012, I accepted my first principal assignment at Washington Elementary where I had the privilege of serving for five years before moving to Keizer Elementary in 2017.

I am very excited to embark on this new adventure and looks forward to working with and supporting students and families as they pursue this educational opportunity.

Assistant Principal Keith Broyles

Keith Broyles

Hello, my name is Keith Broyles and I am one of the Assistant Principals for the new EDGE Program. I have been teaching in the Salem Keizer School District for 12 years in various roles.  I started as a substitute teacher and went on to teach in grades 1-5.  After teaching, I began working as an Effective Learning Teacher providing small group instruction for many groups each day. The last position I held before becoming an Assistant Principal was the Behavior Specialist for Grant Community School.  Now entering my third year as an administrator, I have only grown my love for education and the families I serve.  I am known by many as a fun, easy-going guy who enjoys building furniture and decor out of wood, fishing, and spending time with my family.  I have learned much in my life, but I learned a quote in middle school that has guided me this far; “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” ~Anonymous

Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your family👍🏻

Assistant Principal Teresa Alfaro

Teresa Alfaro

Hello, my name is Teresa Alfaro and I am one of the Assistant Principal for the new EDGE program.  I earned my first teaching degree in Mexico. Shortly after, I moved to Texas where I completed my second degree. I began my educational career in the United States with Salem-Keizer Public Schools, as an instructional assistant at Weddle Elementary School in 2005. I obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching with a ESOL endorsement in 2008 and taught at Mary Eyre Elementary as a second-grade bilingual teacher. Then, I worked as an English Language Acquisition Specialist and as Bilingual resources Program Associate.  This is my fourth year as an Assistant Principal.  My goal is to continue serving the community and to support all students.

Assistant Principal Tamika Hampton

Tamika Hampton

Hi, I am Tamika Hampton and I have the pleasure of serving as one of the new Assistant Principals for EDGE.  I am also the Assistant Principal at Straub Middle School.  I have been in education for over 20 years.  I started in education as a 7-9th grade Special Education Teacher, and over the years have taught grades K-12. After sixteen years as a classroom teacher, I wanted to share my learning with new teachers, so I started working as a New Teacher Mentor. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal, I worked as a Behavior Specialist.

In my free time, I enjoy reading historical fiction; especially, books by my favorite author Daniel Black.  Besides reading, I love to shop and spend time with my family.  Originally from Alabama, you might hear me say y’all every now and then.  😊

Tyler Lalack

As a current administrator at McNary High School, I’m eager to begin the 2020-21 school year as program administrator of EDGE.  I will be entering my 17th year in education and have served students in various capacities: mentoring, coaching, teaching, and innovative learning strategies. Aside from work, you will find me on bikes with my kids, watching sports, listening to podcasts, or reading a book on innovative educational practices.  One of many quotes that has stuck with me as we embark on this new educational journey is, “Our goal should be to not only make an impact, but to make the greatest impact possible for all students and schools.” ~ Jimmy Casas

Assistant Principal Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard

Greetings!  My name is Michelle Howard and I’m an administrator at South Salem High School and I’ll be helping out at EDGE as well.  I have had the pleasure of working as an educator for 35 amazing years:  teaching high school biology & advanced science classes for 6 years, and then moved to SKPS and taught middle school science for 23 years.  I moved into the role of behavior specialist for 4 years and have been serving my South school community as an Assistant Principal for the past few years.  I love to train dogs, work in the garden, kayak, hike, bike, spend time with amazing family and friends and LOVE TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH!  My passion is being of service to students who are having a tough time navigating school and life. I’ll share one of my favorite quotes:   “I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do”    -Jana Stanfield.

Assistant Principal Thomas Rommel

Thomas Rommel

Greetings, I am Thomas Rommel the EDGE representative from West Salem High School. I have work in Salem-Keizer for 20 years at the middle and high school levels. As a teacher I taught math (math 7 through Calculus) and worked as an instructional coach. Over the past 10 years I have been an administrator at the high school level and the district office. I am a proponent about data based decisions and enjoy solving puzzles.

Assistant Principal Wendy Stradley

Wendy Stradley

Hi, I am Wendy Stradley and I currently an administrator at McKay High School and will be helping as an administrator for EDGE during the 20-21 school year.  I will be entering my 10th year in education.  I started as a Health and PE teacher in Beaverton and then at McKay in Salem-Keizer.  I have also served as a Behavior Specialist prior to becoming an Assistant Principal.

Aside from supporting school I love to spend time with my family, enjoy being active outdoors, and learning new things.  My passion is education because I want to help all young adults become who they want to be, even those students who have not always found success in our traditional educational system.

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”  – Dalai Lama

Assistant Principal Brian Storrs

Brian Storrs

Hello, my name is Brian Storrs and I’m excited to be on the EDGE team as an Assistant Principal! While I am originally from Southern California, I’ve lived and taught in Texas, Utah, Argentina, and Oregon. Most of my 12 years in teaching has been in middle schools, teaching Social Studies and Spanish. Three of those years were in a Dual Language program. I’ve spent the last four years in administration both as an Assistant Principal and then Principal in a K-8 Charter School. I earned my teaching degree from BYU in Utah and then my Master’s degree from Western Oregon University. When I get leisure time, I love being outdoors, traveling with my family, playing sports, or reading a good book. I believe in being a life-long learner and, as an educator, my goal is to instill that love of learning in my students. I also believe in Service Leadership. For me, it is important that the students and staff I work with know that I care about them, that I have confidence in them, and that I am working hard to support them. Again, I’m excited for this new adventure and looking forward to great things at EDGE!

Assistant Principal Mickey Toft

Mickey Toft

I am pleased to serve the students and families of the Salem-Keizer School District as one of the assistant principals for the EDGE program. My 15-year teaching and coaching career began at North Salem High and Keizer Elementary in 1978. Following my stint in Salem-Keizer I taught in Medford and Albany before becoming a building administrator in 1994. I served as an assistant principal and principal in the McMinnville School District until 2003 when I decided to move to the Tigard/Tualatin School District for the final 12 years of my career before retiring in 2016. I stepped away from education and became a personal trainer for 2 years. In 2019 education came calling again and I accepted a position as an assistant principal at Sprague High School last August.

Aside from my work as an educator I love to spend time with my 3 adult children and their families. I also value the time I get to spend with my wife Gayle who I have been married to for 43 years. Traveling, reading, golfing, listening to music, watching sports, sharing laughs with family and friends, and getting to know our granddaughter are all things that have importance and incredible meaning to me.

I look forward to a very interesting growth year in my 42nd year in education.

This quote has particular meaning for me at this stage of my life and is one I share with students when it makes sense to do so:

“Yes there are two paths you can go by, but there is still time to change the road you’re on”
– Led Zeppelin