One of the new faces on the Coarsegold Elementary School campus this year is principal Jared Pierce.
Pierce, who has a reputation for thinking outside the box and being a problem solver, came from Mariposa Elementary School, where he was principal for four years. Originally from Merced, he taught sixth-eighth grades, was an aide in fourth grade, and was also vice-principal.
An Ahwahnee resident, Pierce has a son, Jaeden, entering his sophomore year at Yosemite High, and a daughter, Erin, who will begin seventh grade at Oak Creek Intermediate. With his wife working in Oakhurst, it turned out that the only connection Pierce had to Mariposa was his job.
“We couldn’t find a rental in Mariposa,” Pierce said, “and at first I took my kids to work with me in the morning, but over time, everything shifted to Oakhurst. The last logical step was for me to get a job over here.”
While principal in Mariposa, Pierce increased enrollment by 20% over a short period of time, and he and his team worked on student engagement and creating a fun environment for both the students and teachers.
He hopes to bring that same philosophy to Coarsegold Elementary, as well as a greater sense of collaboration and community, as well as improving instructional technology.
Pierce replaces Dr. Stacy Nicol, who took over the alternative and adult education programs when Randy Haggard left for Buellton Elementary School District.