Sharpstein Elementary School principal named

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WALLA WALLA - A Walla Walla High School administrator will be leaving the high school next year to lead Sharpstein Elementary School.Matt Bona

Matt Bona, who has spent four years as an assistant principal at Wa-Hi, will take over at Sharpstein from Laure Quaresma starting July 1.

Quaresma is leaving Sharpstein to become the district's new executive director of personnel, taking over personnel duties from retiring Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan.

The Walla Walla School Board unanimously accepted Bona's appointment as the new principal during Tuesday night's meeting. The district plans to replace the vacancy left at Wa-Hi by Bona's departure.

During his years at Wa-Hi, Bona covered a variety of duties, including working on truancy and drop-out prevention. Before coming to Walla Walla, Bona worked extensively as an educator and administrator throughout the northwest. He was an assistant principal and dean of students at Lake Roosevelt High School in the Grand Coulee Dam School District. He has also worked as a physical education and social studies teacher in Washington.

"It is a great honor to become the new principal at Sharpstein Elementary School," Bona said in a statement. "My family and I love living in Walla Walla and are excited about the opportunities that our town affords young children. Sharpstein is a school that has a lot of cutting edge programs in place that are beneficial for students and their education. My goal is to keep the positive things that are in place at Sharpstein moving forward and continue to make collaborative decisions that are best for students."

Bona earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a focus on history from the University of Idaho, his master's in education, focusing on health, from Western Oregon University, and his administrative certification from Heritage University.

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