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Deavel Named Principal of Independence Elementary STEM School

Jona Deavel will be the new principal at Independence Elementary STEM School beginning July 1, 2019. Deavel has experience teaching grades 4-8, has served as an Elementary Instructional Coach, Talented and Gifted Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist. She has been an Assistant Principal for the last five years and is currently the Assistant Principal at Princeton Middle School. 


“Having worked and lived in communities that surround Big Lake, I have always heard that Big Lake Schools is very data-driven and uses this data to inform instruction. It has always been a school district that was on my radar as having a reputation for being a student focused district,” says Deavel. Deavel has a strong math and science background and upon learning that Independence Elementary School is implementing a STEM model felt that it aligned well with her skill set and talents as a leader. “I am honored and grateful for this opportunity and am excited to continue to learn and grow as I support the staff at Independence Elementary STEM School and Big Lake Schools,” says Deavel.