Everett Head Principal Susan Cheadle-Holt will be leaving Everett after this school year and transferring to Dwight Rich as their principal. Rich is a K-6 STEM magnet. The younger grades will be a change for Cheadle-Holt.
“I don’t know [what it’ll be like]. I have not worked with elementary aged children before so it’ll be different,” said Cheadle-Holt. “I think that a lot of administration is the same; you just have to adjust to be age appropriate. I think it’s going to be a challenge.”
In her place, Eastern Assistant Principal Jaime Gundrum will be coming to Everett as head principal.
“I know her from being in the building before and she’s a very capable person,” said Social Studies Department Head Lothar Konietzko.
Cheadle-Holt’s being moved to help with the implementation of a recent grant, developing Rich’s budding magnet program.
“They’re moving people around due to the magnet programs, and they feel I would be good at setting up the new magnet program,” said Cheadle-Holt.
Although the district feels like this was the best decision, some would like to see more consistency.
“Ms. Gundrum will be the sixth principal that I’ll be working under within 17 years of being at Everett,” said Konietzko.
Change always happens. Whether it’s preferred change or not, people adapt to change all the time and work with it.
“Ever since I’ve been teaching here, there’s always one thing that’s been the same: there’s always change,” said social studies teacher Ben Billings.
Teachers were very positive about their time working with Cheadle-Holt.
“I’ve really enjoyed the support from her as a teacher because she allows teachers to try new things for the benefit of their students,” said Konietzko.
A lot of students will also miss her and feel the district’s making the wrong call.
“Transferring principals is unnecessary. If it’s not needed, then why do it?” said junior Alfredo Horta.
Some students feel like this change will just hurt the school instead of helping it.
“Everybody’s used to her, so why move her? This change is just going to create instability in the building,” said junior Kenidee Trafford.
Cheadle-Holt will be missed, but Everett will continue moving forward with open minds with the new administration. In a letter to staff, Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul was positive about the future of Everett.
“We look forward to supporting the Everett school community as you continue to move your school toward excellence,” said Caamal Canul.