The Victor Valley Union High School District has announced the hirings of new principals at three VVUHSD school sites, effective next school year.
Nancy Noyer will take over as the Victor Valley High School principal; Kent Crosby will be the new principal at Lakeview Leadership Academy; and Carlos Cerna will take the reins at Hook Junior High School.
VVHS Principal Chris Douglass is retiring after the end of this school year, as is Lakeview Principal Lonnie Keeter. Current Hook Principal Maura Balmaceda will remain with the district in another capacity.
All three of the new hires are longtime employees of the district.
“We considered outside candidates but ultimately decided that these three individuals were the best fit for our students and staff,” VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams said. “They each bring a deep knowledge of our community as well as the enthusiasm and passion to continue moving our district forward.”
Noyer has served in the district for 23 of her 30 years as an educator, starting as an English teacher. She later served as a coach for other teachers and became an assistant principal at Silverado High before assuming her current role as an assistant principal at Victor Valley High.
“I am truly honored to have the privilege of being the next principal of Victor Valley High School,” Noyer said. “It is a great source of pride to share the distinction of being a VVHS graduate with our retiring principal, Mr. Douglass. As we embark on the next 100 years, it is our mission to spark new pride in our school by upholding the many traditions of the past, while fostering a positive future that makes VVHS a place where all students can flourish academically, socially and emotionally. I believe that if what is best for students is at the heart of all decision making, powerful things can happen.”
Crosby has taught in the district for 36 years and has been active in the Victor Valley Teachers Association, School Site Council and Western Association of Schools and Colleges in addition to serving as a fencing coach. He is currently serving in an administrative role at Victor Valley High School as a teacher on assignment.
“I am excited about working with the exceptional staff at Lakeview Leadership Academy,” Crosby said. “I have been blessed to have spent this time working with the finest educators. I am looking forward to the addition of ninth grade at Lakeview next year. Mr. Keeter has done an outstanding job and will be missed as we build upon his legacy.”
Cerna has spent 20 years in the district, starting as an English teacher at Silverado. He was a department chair, coach and summer school coordinator before becoming an assistant principal at University Prep. He’s currently an assistant principal at Silverado.
“I am absolutely excited, thankful, and honored for the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and parents of Hook Junior High School, a school with such a rich tradition in our district and community,” Cerna said. “I am thankful for the support that I have received over the years, and I look forward to the work ahead and continuing to develop positive relationships with all stakeholders in providing the best academic and social experience for each student.”
Pictured: Cerna (top), Crosby (middle), Noyer (bottom)