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New Vice Principal Joins Junior High Team
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Jon Webb
Oakdale Junior High School students will meet their new Vice Principal in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, Jon Webb has already started doing some work and preparing for the start of school on Aug. 10.
“He had outstanding recommendations, references and was the unanimous choice of a panel headed by OJHS Principal John Simons and several key staff members,” said OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone.
“It’s a great opportunity…I think John Simons is a great principal. I look forward to working with him and doing stuff for the kids at the junior high,” Webb said.
Webb is no stranger to Oakdale. He attended Oakdale schools since his elementary days and graduated from Oakdale High School. Both his parents are also teachers at OHS. He also played football under then-OHS football coach Marc Malone and was on the wrestling and track teams at OHS as well. He said that he already knows some of the teachers at the junior high because they were teaching when he was a student there.
“I’m excited. It’s a fantastic privilege for me coming back home,” Webb said, adding that he’s glad to invest something back into this generation of students.
Webb comes from Modesto’s Sylvan Unified School District where he taught first, third, and fifth grades for the past seven years.
Coming from the elementary level, Webb acknowledged that going to a junior high school setting to deal with discipline is a different culture, but he’s confident in the move.
“I have a core value… I’m a hard worker, a great listener, and a servant leader,” he said, adding that he wants to be of help to the school staff.
He said he looks forward to building relationships with the staff and collaborating with them to serve the students.
Webb earned his bachelors degree from CSU Stanislaus and is near completion of his masters degree from there as well. His obtained his teaching credential from Chapman University.
He and his wife Melody have two sons, ages three and five. His wife is a second grade teacher in the Modesto City Schools district. Webb said that his hobbies include investing a lot of his spare time with his family and doing a little landscaping.
Webb replaces Craig Redman who was moved into a vacant vice principal position at OHS when Dennis Hitch was promoted to serve as Oakdale’s Alternative Education principal. Also of note, OJHS science teacher Candi Crawford will serve in a new role as a counselor at OJHS. She replaces Davia Kirkpatrick who assumed a counselor role at OHS left vacant by Bill Ayers who retired.