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Natalie Jaeger

Natalie Jaeger

Natalie Jaeger, an Anaconda native now the co-headmaster at Boston Green Academy, will be the new principal of Missoula’s Big Sky High School.

Jaeger’s appointment was announced Friday morning by Missoula County Public Schools. She begins July 1.

She was one of five candidates selected for a series of interviews that took place last week with Big Sky High School staff, students, parents and district administrators.

“Jaeger was the top selection of all involved in the screening process and will bring many leadership assets to her position as principal of Big Sky High School,” said MCPS spokeswoman Hatton Littman.

Jaeger grew up in Anaconda and Spokane before attending Evergreen State College, and then the University of Massachusetts and Simmons College in Boston.

She has held leadership positions in special education, curriculum and instruction, and as a school administrator. While at Boston Green Academy, she led the school district in terms of state assessment data and decreased the dropout rate from 12 percent to almost 1 percent within that school.

She has experience launching initiatives and creating schoolwide consensus for new visions, Littman said.

In a written statement, Jaeger commented that her deep belief about student success is rooted in the understanding that “students who have serious personal challenges of any kind are high-risk for disengagement and dropping out of high school, but those same students welcome the opportunity to reconnect with school when the culture is organized around challenging academic work, support for students who struggle and clear opportunities for social/emotional development.”

Said MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle: “We are excited to find an educational leader who understands and appreciates the vision and the ambitions of our district, who is rooted in Montana and who brings the excellence of her career experience in Boston to the staff and students at Big Sky High School.”

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