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Back to School at Amador High with New Vice Principal

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Tessa Marguerite
08/08/2014 8:39 AM

 This school year, Amador High welcomes new Vice Principal Jessica (Davey) Dorris, who has been a Jackson resident since 1994 and graduated from Amador High School in 1998. She is married to Drew Dorris, also a graduate of Amador High School, and they have one son, Ben, who attends Jackson Elementary School. As the new Vice Principal, Jessica Dorris will assist in leading the Amador Buffalos into the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.

Dorris built her career on the needs of schools. When she began, she was, “amazed with all the work that could be done.” For the past six years, Dorris has worked at Edison High School in the Stockton Unified School District — as an English teacher, Department Chair, Instructional Coach, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Coordinator and, most recently, Assistant Principal.

“As an educational leader,” said Amador County Superintendent of Schools Dick Glock, “Ms. Dorris helped her school to significant accomplishments in a short period of time. Supervisors credit her with effectively leading a 20-member English Department and providing insightful instructional support to the 100-teacher staff. The result of her WASC leadership role was the school’s first six-year accreditation. Her former principal believes that a one-year API jump of 46 points occurred because of Dorris’s assessment and analysis of student academic performance and the subsequent training provided to teachers.”

When asked what she believed is the first priority of schools and education as a whole, Dorris quickly responded, “Schools need to focus on student learning. Scores and personal relationships fall into place when that is the goal.” Dorris describes her role as assistant principal as focusing on students primarily by supporting the principal and the vision of the school.   

ACUSD pay raise update: When asked again if employees of the Amador County Unified School District would be receiving pay raises this school year, Glock responded, “I am limited in what I can ‘officially’ state beyond: We are planning raises for all employees; the exact amount is still in process.”

What about band? The high school principals and vice principals of Amador and Argonaut, along with the parent Band Booster presidents, interviewed four band instructor candidates last weekend. “Several of them appear very promising,” said Glock. Vice Principal Dorris agreed.   

 

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