Open house set for new BHS administrators

BLACKFOOT — The community is invited to a meet and greet Thursday with the new administration at Blackfoot High School. The reception will be Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The new BHS principal is John Pearce, a graduate of Idaho State University with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in chemistry and math. He started his teaching career at Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Ark. Pearce completed his master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He started his administrative career in the Pulaski County Special School District and served as the building principal for the last six years at Maumelle Middle School. Reese earned the Administrator of the Year award from the Arkansas School Counselor’s Association – Central Region in 2008.
“Our goal this year is to reaffirm our commitment to our students and our community. I want people to look to our faculty and staff as developers of leaders, and know we are here to challenge, encourage, and help student develop ‘Bronco Pride.'"
Pearce returns to Idaho with his wife Cydney, and their two sons, Seth (12) and Tate (8).
Wes Jensen and Lori Kay will serve as assistant principals at BHS for the 2011-2012 school year.
Jensen has lived in Blackfoot for most of his life. He attended Blackfoot schools and graduated from Blackfoot High School. He then attended Idaho State University and received his bachelor’s degree in History. Upon graduation he moved to Boise to attend graduate school at Boise State University where he earned a master’s degree in Education.
Jensen has been employed with Blackfoot School District for eight years.
“I am dedicated to this school and this community and will work extremely hard to help Blackfoot High be a better place,” Jensen said. He married the woman of his dreams, Laurie Jensen in 2007, and together they have three children—Colton (12), Mikayla (3), and Brayson (1 ½)—and one on the way in December.
Kay recently served as the director of the Flexible Learning Center alternate high school program in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. She is licensed as a pre-kindergarten-12 principal, 5-12 Language Arts teacher, and a pre-kindergarten-12 Talented and Gifted teacher and coordinator.
Her professional accomplishments include election to two consecutive terms on the Iowa Association of Alternative Education board of directors; professional conference presentations on differentiation and alternative strategies; and receiving the IAAE “Educator of the Year” award in 2009. Her educational philosophy is progressive and based on the belief that every student deserves a chance to learn and develop his or her unique talents and abilities.
Kay’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Composite Teaching from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in Education Administration in PK-12 Administration from Wayne State College. Her recent professional development includes training on teacher evaluation from Morningside College, differentiated instruction from the University of Iowa and creativity from Drake University. She believes “we have truly educated our students when we have instilled in them a desire to be life-long learners.”
Johnson is starting her 30th year with the Blackfoot School District and will now serve as dean of students in addition to her counseling duties. She graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She taught Physical Education for 22 years at BHS before returning to school to get her master’s degree in Educational Counseling. She has been a counselor at Blackfoot High School for seven years.
Johnson will also be serving as the district's Title IX Coordinator.