Princeton’s new assistant middle school principal feels right at home.
That’s not surprising, because Jona Deavel sat in her new office for about four months in the Fall of 2014.
Deavel served as interim assistant principal during those four months while Sarah Marxhasen was on maternity leave. With Marxhausen now moving over to the position of district human resources director, Deavel has returned to Princeton to take on the assistant middle school position full time.
“I don’t feel like this is a new place. I feel like I’m with family,” Deavel said. After leaving the interim assistant principal position at Princeton in November of 2014, Deavel moved on to the Foley School District where she worked for a year as the district’s coordinator of gifted and talented education and coordinator of its achievement and integration programs. After Deavel’s year in Foley, she moved to Robbinsdale Middle School where she worked for a year and four months. She was hired as the assistant principal at the Brooklyn Center middle community school in November 2016 and held the position seven months.
“When I left Princeton, I didn’t foresee myself coming back,” Deavel said. “When I took the assistant principal job at Brooklyn Center, I thought I’d be there for a long time.”
But when the Princeton position opened up, Deavel saw the position as a new opportunity.
“I had fond memories of my time here,” Deavel said.
Deavel is a St. Cloud native who began as a teacher at East Grand Forks Middle School in 1999. She then moved on to Twin Cities-based Calvin Christian School where she taught for three years. After five more years as a math teacher at two different schools, Deavel was hired as a math curriculum specialist in the St. Cloud School District. She worked in that capacity for seven years
In addition to good Princeton memories, Deavel also had a relationship with other administrators in the district from her time working with them in St. Cloud.
Deavel, who has a strong background in curriculum, looks forward to spending time in the classroom working with both teachers and students.
“We have quality teachers here. they’re pretty top-notch,” she said.
Deavel says she will be a good fit in Princeton because she brings to the district a set of new eyes. She has had experiences from working in other districts that she can suggest or implement in Princeton.
She also looks forward to working with Principal Dan Voce again and feels the two have skills that complement each other.
“We’re a very natural fit,” she said.
Deavel’s background is as a math curriculum specialist and holds a teachers license in elementary education, math, life sciences and physical science. Deavel will also serve as athletic director at the middle school. She started her new job on July 1.