Rockford Elementary gets new principal

David Kerns is the new principal at Rockford Elementary in the Snake River School District. He is also the federal programs director.
He brings lots of experience to these positions in that he is entering his 30th year in the education profession.
Kerns grew up in Potlatch.
“I grew up surrounded with dry land farming,” Kerns said. “This is like going home to me.
“I see it out my window every day,” he said.
Kerns attend the University of Idaho before going on an LDS mission to Bolivia.
Returning to the states, Kerns graduated from Utah State University, majoring in Spanish and education.
He taught Spanish for 21 years—two years at a junior high in Casper, Wyo., two years at Salmon High School, six years at Bonneville High School and 12 years at Hillcrest High School.
Kerns was the high school principal at Aberdeen for four years before becoming the Clark County superintendent and high school principal.
“I have always admired the administration here,” Kerns said. “I think I can make a difference and help this district a lot.  
“I learned a lot as a principal and superintendent and will be able to use that knowledge,” he said. “With the budget, it is essential we have a good federal budget system in place.
 “Rockford is a great little school,” Kerns said. “It has great teachers who are very professional.
“They are also very collegial; they are very good to work together.
“This is a very good move for my professionally,” Kerns said.
Kerns and his wife, Susan, have been married 33 years. They were married exactly 10 years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon.
Susan was a teacher in the Shelley School District before she retired.
The couple has three grown daughters — Sarah, Tory and Katie. Sarah gives private flute lessons in Huntington Beach, Calif.;Tory works at Candlewood Suites in Idaho Falls; and Katie has medical needs and lives at home.