JPS Appoints Alm as Washington Middle School Principal

Ericka Alm

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Jamestown Public Schools

The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education has approved the appointment of Ericka Alm to serve as the next principal of Washington Middle School, at 159 Buffalo Street. Alm, a 2002 Jamestown High School graduate, currently serves as a principal in the Warren County School District.

“I am very happy to bring Ericka Alm on board to lead our work at Washington Middle School,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, JPS Superintendent. “She was ranked at the top of the list by our various stakeholder groups throughout the interview process. Her past success and professional drive will help her as she begins to build relationships with our staff, students and parents. I look forward to many years of success.”

“We are excited to have Ericka Alm serve as the principal of Washington Middle School,” said Tina Sandstrom, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and School Improvement. “Her experience as a principal at the middle and high school levels as well as her leadership skills will make her an asset to the Washington community.”

Since joining the Warren County School District in 2015, Alm has served as both Assistant Principal and Principal at Eisenhower Middle/High School, before serving in a districtwide role as virtual learning and elementary curriculum coordinator this past school year. Prior to her time in Warren County, she served as a social studies teacher in the Frewsburg Central School District for seven years.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to come home to the district I was raised in to work with the students, families, and staff of Washington Middle School in the best way I know how,” said Alm. “Together, my hope is to continue to make our community the best it can be. My kids are students in the district and my husband and I are both JHS graduates — it’s an honor to be able to help continue the great tradition that we both grew up in in our city and in our schools.”

Alm holds a bachelor of art and sciences degree in Adolescence Education and History from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master’s Degree of Science in Special Education from Mercyhurst College. She also received her New York State School Building Leader and School District Leader certifications from Gannon University.

Alm resides in Jamestown with her husband, Stefan, and two children, Henrik and Harper. Outside of school, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association.