Rehder returns home to take leadership role at Prairie High

COTTONWOOD — A familiar face will return to Cottonwood to serve as Prairie Jr.-Sr. High School (PJSHS) principal next year. Jon Rehder, a 1996 Prairie graduate, will fill the lead role at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

“[My wife and I] are just glad we’re coming back to the prairie,” Rehder said.

Rehder will replace Carrie Nygaard who will retire this spring.

Rehder arrived in Cottonwood Friday, April 21, to meet with PJSHS staff and introduce himself. He said he sought input from the staff and what, if anything, needed to be changed. Though he stressed he was impressed with the success Nygaard and the rest of the staff have achieved.

“My philosophy is if it’s working, why change it,” he said. “I feel like I am coming into a well-oiled machine.”

Rehder currently is the vice principal at Jefferson Middle School in Caldwell. He served as an administrator for three years, previously teaching for 10 years at Meridian High School. He also was varsity assistant boys’ basketball coach for nine years at MHS.

The Prairie High alumuni is the son of Jim and Sally Rehder. Jon earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis-Clark State College before obtaining his masters at Boise State University.

Rehder brings his wife, Renee, and their two children when he returns to Cottonwood this summer. Renee also grew up in the area, she is the daughter of Ted and Linda Arnzen and graduated from PHS in 1997.

Uptmor returns to CV as principal; ‘very excited for this new position’

KOOSKIA – Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School will have a familiar face at its helm for the 2017-18 school year.

Prairie High School graduate Adam Uptmor was hired as the new CV principal. He spent his first nine years of teaching at CV where he was a history instructor.

Uptmor grew up in Cottonwood and graduated from PHS in 2000. He attended the University of Idaho and received his bachelors degree in secondary education. He also received his masters in administration from the U of I.

He will replace Randall Miskin who will be the new Grangeville High School principal. Current GHS principal will be moving to the Kamiah superintendent position.

He has spent the past three years teaching math at Lewiston High School.

“My first opportunity to teach was at CV and my time there helped me grow as a teacher and a person,” Uptmor said. “I felt like this job was a chance to work with the great staff and students of CV again.”

Uptmor’s parents, Jack and Theresa Uptmor, live in Keuterville. He and his wife, Kimberly, are expecting their first baby, a girl, in July.

When not teaching, Uptmor enjoys golf, outdoor activities such as camping and 4-wheeling, and attending University of Idaho sporting events as well as local high school sports.

“I am very excited for this new position,” he said. “It’s a chance to work with some great people and it’s a new challenge for me as an educator.”

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