The longtime principal of Wilder Elementary will start a new job this fall — but he is not going far.
Jason Steingraber will be moving to a new building about 1.5 miles away. On Thursday, the Springfield district announced he will serve as principal of Pershing Elementary and Middle School.
He starts July 1 and will replace Ryan Savage, who resigned to serve as director of the Beyond Healing Center, a joint venture with his wife.
“I am honored, humbled and excited to be a part of the Pershing community,” said Steingraber, in a news release. “I am looking forward to serving the students, teachers, and families and I can’t be more #PershingProud.”
Located at 2120 S. Ventura Ave., Pershing has a student enrollment of 960 — making it the largest K-8 school in the district, edging out Hickory Hills and Westport.
The student body at Pershing is diverse, with one in five students checking a racial and ethnic demographic box other than white. More than 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, a national measure of poverty.
Steingraber has spent the past 10 years at the 420-student Wilder Elementary, right next to Glendale High School, which has a sizable population of students who are immigrants or did not grow up speaking English at home.
He joined the Springfield district 22 years ago as a special process coordinator and a speech-language pathologist. He took the helm at Wilder after serving as principal at Bowerman Elementary.
Shane Dublin, executive director of elementary learning, said Steingraber was a good hire for Pershing.
“He is a proven leader, who is beloved by students, parents and staff, and is well-known
and respected across the SPS system,” he said, in the release. “His enthusiasm for this new opportunity is apparent and we look forward to great things ahead.”
Steingraber completed undergraduate and graduate work in communication disorders at Truman State University. At Missouri State University, he completed additional graduate work in elementary education administration.
He has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.
Steingraber’s wife, Jennifer, has been a speech-language pathologist in the Springfield district for 22 years. They have two daughters, Emma, a freshman at Truman State, and Kate, a sophomore at Central High School.
Steingraber’s move to Pershing means the district will be looking for a new principal at Wilder Elementary.
In mid-February, the district announced Erica Rosenbaum will serve as the next principal of Bissett Elementary. She starts July 1.
Rosenbaum, a learning specialist with the district, will replace retiring principal Marcie Stallcup.
“I look forward to joining the dedicated staff at Bissett Elementary to continue meeting the needs of all learners — both academically and socially,” she said, in a news release. “I am eager to collaborate with the Bissett community to continue providing a safe, positive and loving learning environment for all students.”
As a learning specialist, Rosenbaum coaches teachers on curriculum and instructional strategies as Bowerman, Truman, Twain, Williams and Pleasant View schools plus the Shady Dell and Shining Stars early childhood centers.
She previously served three years as a blended learning specialist at multiple schools and four years as a kindergarten teacher at York Elementary.
Rosenbaum completed her undergraduate work in elementary education and graduate work in educational technology from Missouri State University. She also has a specialist degree from Arkansas State University.
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