Keizer principals will lead district’s new online program

Clear Lake Elementary School Principal Artonya Gemmill

Keizer Elementary School Principal Christine Bowlby

Two Keizer principals will lead the Salem-Keizer School District’s new online program.

Clear Lake Elementary School Principal Artonya Gemmill and Keizer Elementary School Principal Christine Bowlby have been named as the new administrators to support the new online program, EDGE: Enhanced Digital and Guided Education.

On July 13, SKPS officially opened applications for EDGE, quickly sparking interest with more than 600 applications submitted within the first week from students representing all grade levels from every school in the district.

EDGE will provide students with online learning opportunities, including instructional supports, English language development support and more. Through the support of a new learning management system, students enrolled in the EDGE program will pair teacher-led instruction with family-supported and independent at-home application and learning, while still staying connected to their school communities.

“We are very excited for Artonya and Christine to lead the EDGE program for the 2020-21 school year,” said Assistant Superintendent Kraig Sproles. “Both Christine and Artonya provide a wealth of knowledge in their roles, bringing experience from both the elementary and secondary levels, and how to best support our students receiving special education services and English language supports. They both have a demonstrated passion for innovation and a true dedication to leading our teachers through new experiences.”

Gemmill and Bowlby will continue to support their schools with reentry planning as new administrators for Clear Lake and Keizer elementary are announced.