May 18, 2020 – The Grass Valley School District is pleased to announce the selection of two new principals for our school district. After an extensive selection process, the Grass Valley School District Governing Board has chosen Lisa Lawell as the new principal of Lyman Gilmore Middle School and Ashely Vette as the new principal of Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School. Both principals will be stepping into these new roles beginning July 1, 2020.

Lisa Lawell has been a teacher at Lyman Gilmore School since 2001 and her dedication, passion, and professionalism over these years has had a positive impact on the lives of the Gilmore students, staff, and school community. During Lisa’s interview process she stated that “the most important qualification that I possess is my ability to listen to the school community and collaboratively lead people through the process of accomplishing a shared vision that will benefit the students, staff and community.” She further stated that “My approachable demeanor and ability to form relationships will be beneficial to Gilmore as we move into the future.” We look forward to seeing the amazing things that will happen at Gilmore under Lisa’s leadership.

Ashley Vette, comes to our district from the Marysville Joint Unified School District where she has been employed since 2003 as a teacher, district coordinator, and most recently as an elementary school principal. Ashley is known for building positive and meaningful relationships with staff, students, parents, and members of the school community. Ashley stated during her interview process that “finding and supporting individual strengths and encouraging people to reach their full potential is one of the most powerful things I can do as a leader.” She also stated “I became an educator because I love kids and I have a skill for encouraging positive behaviors.” The District is very fortunate to have found such a quality educator to become the new principal of Scotten School.