New Leadership Teams at Miller & Escalante Middle Schools

“Please join me in congratulating these new teams, and welcoming them in the coming school year,” said Cheser. “I look forward to exciting things to come at Miller and Escalante with these dream teams in place.”


At Miller Middle School, the new principal is Vernadette Norman, and assistant principals are Kalyn Knestrick and Doug Geygan (former MMS principal).

Miller Middle School’s Ice Cream Social & Meet the Team: July 11, 6-7 p.m. at Needham Elementary School’s gazebo, 2425 W. 3rd Ave. (This venue was chosen to avoid construction at Miller over the summer.)


Escalante Middle School’s new principal is Emily Moreland (formerly with Montezuma-Cortez School District), and assistant principals are David Tanaka and Eva Duce.

Escalante Middle School’s Ice Cream Social & Meet the Team: July 25, 6-7 p.m. at Escalante’s cafeteria and patio, 141 Baker Lane.

Spanish interpretation will be available at both events.

“I am confident that our new middle school leadership teams will continue to build on the schools’ tradition of excellence and create a positive, inclusive environment in which all students can thrive,” said Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser. “These leaders have a reputation for passionate leadership, a collaborative approach, and unwavering commitment to student success.”