Principal Peter Danner of Claggett Creek Middle School (CCMS) is leaving for the principalship at Walker Middle School in Salem..

Danner has served as an administrator at CCMS for the last six years, three years as assistant principal and three years as principal.

Pete Danner and Colleen Johnson

Under his leadership, CCMS implemented a successful AVID program, became a Champion of Schools and is poised to be the first Salem-Keizer school to come out of school improvement status as determined under the No Child Left Behind act.

“Pete is viewed as an instructional leader who does what’s best for students,” stated Simona Boucek of Salem-Keizer Public Schools. “He’s a leader who possesses an understanding of developing key communicators in the school community, as well as best practices that result in student success.”

Colleen Johnson will become the new principal at CCMS.

Johnson has been the assistant principal at CCMS for the past three years. She has served as teacher leader, team leader, and site council coordinator. Her experiences also include teaching K-8, including READ 180, ESL, FACS and math.

In addition: “Johnson’s knowledge and understanding of Title 1, English language learners and curriculum, instruction and assessment give her a unique skill set to support student learning,” stated Boucek. “Colleagues value Colleen’s deep understanding of data analysis, which supports staff in developing comprehensive interventions.”

The district also announced principal and assistant principal changes at several other Salem schools. No new assistant principal for CCMS was named in the district’s release.