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Update: Meet & Greet

North River School District

Meet & Greet

Come meet the Superintendent/Principal Candidates


Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Baked Potato Bar 5:30 PM

Meeting Time 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The candidates will be in three different classrooms. Each group (staff, students/parent, community/nonparent) will meet with them at different times beginning at 6:00 PM. The candidates will rotate between classrooms.

Please call us at 360-532-3079 if you plan on attending.

Bio's for each candidate are below

Dr. Gregory A. Firn

Murray, Utah

Professional Education

  • Washington State University: Pullman, WA - History, Bachelor of Arts - June 1982

  • University of Puget Sound: Tacoma, WA - Educational Administration, School Administration Certificate - September 1992

  • Seattle Pacific University: Seattle, WA - Doctorate - PhD School Administration Certification - June 2002

  • United States Sports Academy: Daphne, AL - Master of Science - July 1990

Professional Experience

  • MTSS Behavioral Specialist - Canyons School District: Sandy, UT (08/2020-6/2022)

  • Deputy Superintendent of Academics - Grand Prairie ISD: Grand Prairie, TX (01/2013-2/2014)

  • Superintendent of Schools - Anson County Schools: Wadesboro, NC (5/2007-2/2013)

  • Superintendent of Schools - Milford Public Schools: Milford, CN (06/2002-12/2006)

My interest in this position is based on a body of work that includes a diversity of experiences, accomplishments, and ability to authentically engage stakeholders, engender individual and organizational commitment, and create a climate of high expectations. These and more have resulted in unprecedented academic growth, equity, and fiscal transparency.

Integrity, transparency, and passion serve as my true north as a person and as a leader.


Dr. Destry K. Jones

Pocatello, Idaho

Professional Education

  • Idaho State University: Pocatello, ID - Human Resource Training and Development, Bachelor of Science - May, 2009

  • Purdue University: Chicago, IL - Master of Science - February 2012

  • Northcentral University: Prescott Valley, AZ - Doctorate - PhD - March 2016

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Superintendent - Firth School District #59: Firth, ID (7/2012-7/2022)

  • Business/Marketing Teacher - Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25: Pocatello, ID (5/2009-7/2012)

  • Account Executive - Lehman Brother/Aurora Loan Services: Boise, ID (5/2006-4/2008)

I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with 20 years of combined leadership experience in education and business with over 13 years of experience in education.

Currently, I serve as the Assistant Superintendent, Board Ledger, Director of Technology, ISEE Coordinator, Interim Principal, and Co-Curriculum Director for the Firth School District. The variety of positions that I serve provides me with a wealth of leadership experiences.


Mr. Colin J. Nelson - Interim Superintendent/Principal

Cosmopolis, WA

Professional Education

  • Pacific Lutheran University: Parkland, WA - Bachelor of Arts - December 2004

  • Parkland, WA - Master of Arts - August 2006

  • Seattle, WA - Administrative Credentials - March 2014

Professional Experience

  • High School Social Studies & Special Education - Oakville School District: Oakville, WA (10/2020 - 2/2022)

  • Principal - Hoquiam School District, Hoquiam, WA (7/2014 - 6/2020)

  • Elementary Teacher - Federal Way Public Schools: Federal Way, WA (09/2006 - 07/2014)

During my six years as principal of Lincoln Elementary School in the Hoquiam School District, I served as an instructional leader. Through a constant cycle of inquiry, I led staff through a study of Growth Mindset, Balanced-Literacy, Marzano’s High-Yield Strategies, and The Simple View of Reading. I evaluated nearly 20 teachers using the Danielson Framework and partnered with them to improve student learning.

I am confident that my diverse set of experiences, passion for student success and commitment to collaboration will support North River’s goals.

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