Mira Gobel named new Pioneer Middle School principal

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WALLA WALLA - Long-time Walla Walla Public Schools educator and leader Mira Gobel has been named the new principal of Pioneer Middle School.

The Walla Walla School Board approved Gobel to the post during a special board meeting held Thursday afternoon.

Gobel has spent the last eight years as associate principal of Walla Walla High School, where she has developed and overseen the senior culminating project, now a graduation requirement; implementation of the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which helps first-generation students reach college; and the Response to Intervention support program, which combines organized instruction and assessment to meet students' individual needs.

Her efforts in such programs have helped Wa-Hi achieve a 96.4 percent on-time graduation rate, according to a district news release. This year, Wa-Hi received the state's 2010 Washington Achievement Award in the "closing the achievement gap" category. Gobel was also invited by the Delaware Department of Education last year to discuss Wa-Hi's successes with RTI implementation.

"Mira has done an amazing job at Walla Walla High School and we will rely heavily on her experience and skills to help lead Pioneer Middle School to new levels of achievement," Superintendent Mick Miller said in a statement. "We had an extensive search and hiring process which involved many people and it was clear to all of us that Mira Gobel was the right person for the job."

Gobel replaces Dana Jones, former Pioneer principal, who earlier this summer accepted a position with the Longview School District. Before becoming principal at Wa-Hi, Gobel taught art at the high school for four years. She taught art at Pioneer Middle School for 11 years.

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