From a pool of 16, seven frontrunners were picked as finalists for the Belgrade High School Principal position.
Those finalists include Manhattan High School Principal Robert Moore, Belgrade High School Vice Principal Paul Lamb and Ridge View Elementary School Principal Mat Johnston.
Moore has been at the helm of the Manhattan High School since 1993. Before that job, Moore was the assistant principal at Park County High School in Livingston for one year. Since 2008, Moore has served as an adjunct professor at Montana State University.
Moore graduated in 1992 with a Master of Education in School Administration and Curriculum degree from MSU. He is currently enrolled in the education doctoral program at MSU.
In 2001, Moore was named the Montana Principal of the Year. Moore is a member of the National Association of Secondary Principals and has served on several state education boards.
Lamb taught in the Belgrade School District as a math teacher for 21 years before stepping into a role at the vice principal for the past three years. From 2005 to 2007, Lamb was the Belgrade Education Association President.
Before joining the teaching staff at Belgrade, Lamb worked at the Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula for two years. During his career, Lamb has also coached football, track and field, AYSO soccer and volleyball.
Lamb earned his Education Leadership Endorsement from the University of Montana in 2009. In 2003, Lamb finished his Master of Technology in Education degree from Lesley College in Massachusetts. Johnston has been in Belgrade leading Ridge View Elementary School since 2012. From 2001 to 2012, Johnston worked in Arizona at two elementary schools and a preparatory junior high school academy. Johnston started his career as a teacher in Browning, where he stayed for three years.
In 2008, Johnston transitioned from his teaching role into an assistant principal position at Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix, Ariz., where he stayed for two years. Johnston also served as an assistant principal at the Orangedale Jr. High Prep Academy from two years before moving back to Montana.
Johnston has a Masters in Education Administration from the Grand Canyon University. He completed that degree in 2008.
During his career, Johnston worked on data analysis for Response to Intervention program. He also implemented the School Wide Behavior Plan to decrease office referrals at Balsz Elementary School and Orangedale Junior High.
Robert Lee Everts is a finalist from Zillah, Wash. He has seven years of principal experience at three different schools, including Ronan High School.
Everts most recently served as the vice principal of Harrah Elementary School in Washington. Before that three-year stint, he was the vice principal at Mt. Adams Middle School, also in Washington, for three years.
He started his teaching career in Wapato, Wash. in 2000. From 2007 to 2008, Everts was the vice principal at Ronan High School.
In addition to teaching, Everts served as the athletic director at three schools and a dean of students at one school.
Everts graduated from the Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. in 2002 with a Masters of Education Professional Development. In 2005, he earned his principal certification.
Everts has chaired and served on math and literacy committees. He is a member of the Washington School Principals Association as well as interscholastic and athletic associations.
Edward Norman brings a strong coaching background to the table. Norman most recently worked at the principal of J. Russell Elementary School in Moscow, Idaho. He also worked as the assistant principal at Moscow High School from 2007 to 2009.
Before taking leadership jobs in Idaho, Norman worked in Missoula and Florence as a middle school principal, activities director and physical education teacher. Norman also coached wrestling and track at the high school level.
From 1989 to 1991, Norman was the head defensive line coach at Northwestern College in Minnesota.
Norman earned his Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Montana in 2003.
Norman has written a curriculum for Freshman Health Enhancement at Big Sky High School in Missoula. He also developed a program to help students adapt to high school.
Jeannette Bray started out teaching English at Chino Valley High School in 2003. After two years at the high school level, Bray moved into a role as a middle school math, science and language arts teacher, also in Arizona.
In 2010, Bray became the dean of students for Chino Valley Unified Schools. In 2011, she secured a job as the principal of an Arizona middle and high school.
Bray earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Grand Canyon University in 2009.
During her career in Arizona, Bray developed curricula for middle school science, and middle and high school English. She also served as a department head for language arts and foreign language.
Steven Wolfe has been a curriculum director, high school principal, athletic director, science teacher and coach during his three-decade career in education.
After a short stint teaching in Colorado, Wolfe started teaching science at Florence High School in 1985, a position he held on and off until 2008. From 1997 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2011, Wolfe was the Florence High School Principal. From 2003 to 2008 he also worked as the district athletic director.
For the past three years, Wolfe has been the director of curriculum and assessment for the Fremont School District.
Over the years, Wolfe coached track and field, football, basketball and lacrosse. He has joined various associations for administrators and curriculum development. In 1996, Wolfe was named the outstanding science teacher of the year. He was declared the Florence Teacher of the Year in 1989 and 1990.
Wolfe earned his Masters of Basic Science in 1991 from the University of Colorado. In 1997, Wolfe tacked on a principal licensure from the same university.
The public is invited to meet the seven candidates at an open house forum on July 15 at Belgrade High School. Interviews will be conducted July 16.