AFTER an extensive search to locate the next Principal of Stillman Valley High School it became clear that the best choice was already inside the District. This February the process of reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, selecting finalists, and bringing them before the community and teaching staff commenced. After this process was complete, a clear choice emerged Leslie Showers. Leslie had not applied for the position, but after the interviews concluded District Administration began conversations with Leslie to convince her to move from the Principal of Monroe Center to the Principal of Stillman Valley High School. A few short weeks later, Leslie accepted the position and was named SVHS principal.
Next year, PJ Caposey assumes the Superintendent position next Fall and led the interview process for this position.
When discussing Ms. Showers he stated, In looking for leaders to serve our students I want someone with great work ethic, deep knowledge of educational best practices, capacity to continue to improve, and a fit for the needs of our students, staff, and community. Using those criteria, putting Leslie in to this position is an absolute slam dunk. She will be great.
Ms. Showers is as much of an internal candidate as you could possibly be. She graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1990, and has spent 18 of her 19 years in education in Meridian CUSD 223. Leslie was a successful classroom teacher at SVHS in the past and has always been extremely involved within the community and schools. Caposey added in his description of Ms. Showers, I do not think a single person living in Stillman Valley could not pick Ms. Showers out of a line-up she is a fixture in the community and in our schools.
Ms. Showers has had opportunities to leave Stillman Valley in the past as her track record as a leader and successful principal has become well-known, but stays for many reasons including: her love of the community, proximity to family, and Cardinal Pride. Ms. Showers also noted that she is fortunate to work in a District with excellent students, community support, and to be able to send her own children to such a wonderful District is a definitive bonus.