In addition to new principal Tracey Lowder, Jason Skiba has joined the Pioneer administration and holds the job of 9th and 11th grade class principal.
Over the past three years of rotating administration, Pioneer High School finally has what they hope to be a long-term leadership team.
Prior to working at Pioneer, Skiba worked in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a class principal at Huron High School. Before that, he worked at Battle Creek High School as a teacher and class principal.
Skiba always knew Pioneer was a “great place” and is excited to face the challenge of working there. In the start of the year, he plans to observe the atmosphere of Pioneer and see how the school functions.
“One of the things to focus on in the beginning is continuing to learn the culture and learn what makes Pioneer such an awesome place,” said Skiba.
Ndjouyep thinks that it is important for Skiba to focus on how Pioneer operates and is optimistic that will make him a better administrator for Pioneer.
“I’m very proud of him, wanting to immerse himself in our culture,” said Ndjouyep. “Skiba will do well once he starts getting to know Pioneer better and when he starts listening to the Pioneer community… He’s very passionate about what he does.”
As well as figuring out how Pioneer runs, Skiba plans to “listen to students and staff” and get their opinions on what is happening around the school.
“An important part is listening and being respectful of the culture,” said Skiba. “You don’t know what we’re all aimed at if you make a decision on your own.”
Ndjouyep thinks hearing from the students and teachers of Pioneer will positively impact the way the school is run.
“It might seem more inviting and more welcoming if a variety of people were involved,” said Ndjouyep. “Even though we can give our suggestions to Student Council, anyone can ultimately shut us down.”
However, Ndjouyep does have some reservations about her new class principal.
“I’m disappointed that he comes from Huron. That hurts,” said Ndjouyep. “When he fully becomes purple and white, he’ll be great. He’ll be wonderful.”