Brian Jaeger was at South Valley Junior High School when it opened in 2004, and in July he will take over as principal of the Gilbert school.
Jaeger, now an assistant principal at the school, was appointed principal for the 2007-08 school year by the Gilbert Unified School District governing board on Tuesday. He will take the reins from Principal Marti Farmer, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Farmer said of Jaeger: “We started South Valley together. He can take it and run with it now.”
Jaeger said the school has made students the top priority and focused on quality education. “I want to continue the tradition that we’ve established,” he said.
Jaeger grew up in Iowa and began his teaching career there in 1994. He moved to Arizona in 2001, joining Gilbert as a social studies teacher at Greenfield Junior High School. In 2003, he became Greenfield’s dean of students. The next year, he became assistant principal at South Valley.
Farmer began her career at Yuma High School in 1972. She’s been with Gilbert since 1985, first as a teacher, then as assistant principal at Gilbert High School and principal of Mesquite Junior High School before opening South Valley.
Farmer said her retirement plans are to “enjoy life and my family,” who supported her career for 34 years.