JPS Announces New Persell Middle School Principal

Traci Thompson

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Jamestown Public Schools

The Jamestown Board of Education approved Traci Thompson as the new Persell Middle School principal at last night’s meeting. Mrs. Thompson takes over the position from Dr. Mike McElrath who retired this year.

“We are very excited to have Traci as our new principal at Persell,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “Her time as an assistant principal at Persell, and her commitment to collaboration has resulted in great relationships and a strong community. Her knowledge and commitment is perhaps her greatest asset, and I am looking forward to seeing the great things that she and her team will accomplish.”

Mrs. Thompson was most recently assistant principal at Persell Middle School. She has also been an
assistant principal at Jamestown High School and an administrative intern and science teacher at Sherman Central School. Mrs. Thompson was also a science teacher at Frewsburg Central School.

“I have loved working at Persell these past two school years and I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead a school whose staff and teachers are so passionate and dedicated to their students,” said Mrs. Thompson. “I am honored to be able to continue our work together to help our students grow and succeed.”

Mrs. Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science with a specialization in Adolescence Education and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Fredonia. She also has certifications in Advance Study in School Building Leadership and Advance Study in School District Leaderships from SUNY Fredonia. She holds New York State Certifications in: School District Leader, School Building Leader, Earth Science 7-12 and General Science 7-12 Extension.

“It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Mrs. Thompson as the principal at Persell Middle School,” said JPS Chief of Schools Tina Sandstrom. “She has the right experiences to help ensure long-term success and continue the path of excellence at Persell as she works in collaboration with teachers, students and families.”

Mrs. Thompson lives in the Jamestown area along with her husband, Garrett, and three children. She and her family are active participants each year with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) One Walk. Mrs. Thompson is also an assistant coach for her daughter’s Babe Ruth softball team and is an active member of the parent committee for her son’s Boy Scout Troop.