We are pleased to announce some new staff member to McKay Creek Elementary School this year.
Principal: Ronda Smith
Mrs. Smith has been a member of the Pendleton School District for 22 years. She has been a staff member at McKay Elementary, Sunridge Middle School, Washington Elementary, Nixyaawii Community School, and Pendleton High School as a teacher, counselor, and administrator.
2nd grade teacher: Jen DeGrofft
Mrs. DeGrofft comes to the Pendleton School District from Athena Elementary School, where she taught for 11 years.
PE teacher: Kim Brown
Ms. Brown teaches PE at Sherwood and McKay this year. She is a graduate of Walla Walla University, and this is her first year teaching. She is originally from Milton-Freewater, Oregon.
Special Education teacher: Katie Gillem
Ms. Gillem teaches Special Education at McKay Creek Elementary. She is a graduate of Pacific University. This is her first year teaching. She is originally from Prineville, Oregon.
English Language Development teacher: Laetitia Schreier
Mrs. Schreier is a former Kindergarten teacher and ELL Teacher & Building Coordinator from Morrow County School District. She has 13 years of experience working in schools. She will teach ELD at McKay Creek Elementary and Sherwood Elementary.
Educational Assistant: Aimee Gunter
Mrs. Gunter was an Instructional Assistant substitute. She has volunteered many hours at McKay, in the past. We are excited to have her on staff fulltime at McKay.
Indian Education Coordinator: (temporary) Rachel Guardipee
Rachel comes to McKay as a Title VII Indian Education Coordinator. She is a member of CTUIR and works in multiple Pendleton Schools to support Native students in Reading, Math, attendance, and being successful at school.
Custodian- Carrie Niord
Carrie has worked for Pendleton School District for many years. She was formerly the courier delivery person for PSD. Her new appointment at McKay is as a Daytime Custodian.
Kitchen- Nita Westfall
Nita has worked for Sodexo for many years. She is new to McKay as the lead kitchen staff.