Noblesville Schools Appoints New Leadership at North, White River and Promise Road

From left, Cassandra Goehring, Rebecca Staats, Stephen Blackburn, Robert Lugo and Calie VanDermar. (Submitted photo)

From left, Cassandra Goehring, Rebecca Staats, Stephen Blackburn, Robert Lugo and Calie VanDermar. (Submitted photo)

By Sadie Hunter


After Noblesville Schools Board of Trustees approval June 21, the district announced new leadership at three of its seven elementary schools.

Five individuals will fill roles as principals and assistant principals at North, White River and Promise Road Elementary Schools. They are:

Robert Lugo, principal, North Elementary

Lugo brings more than 16 years of elementary administration experience in Warren Township schools to his role at North, as well as multiple degrees from Indiana and Purdue Universities, including master’s degrees in education and building administration.

Calie VanDermark, assistant principal, North Elementary

Lugo’s assistant principal, VanDermark, is currently pursuing her master’s in education and was previously a teacher at White River Elementary in Noblesville.

Rebecca Staats, principal, White River Elementary

Staats joins White River as principal from her former role as assistant principal in Perry Township Schools. She has four years of administrative experience, six years as an instructional coach/teacher and a master’s degree in education leadership from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Cassandra Goehring, assistant principal, White River Elementary

Staats’ assistant principal, Goehring has been a teacher and assistant principal in Washington Township Schools for more than 13 years and holds a master’s degree in education administration from Butler University.

Stephen Blackburn, assistant principal, Promise Road Elementary

Blackburn will serve as assistant principal at Promise Road with current principal Kelly Treinen. He brings eight years of experience as a teacher at Center Grove Community Schools and is currently pursuing a master’s of business and education as a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the University of Indianapolis.

“We’re excited to welcome these new staff members to our administrative team,” said Dr. Steve Stephanoff, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. “We set high expectations for our leaders at Noblesville Schools, and these folks rose to the top of 140 candidates thanks to their strong demonstration of student-centered learning, innovation and leadership skills. Our selection team of teachers, parents, building staff and administrators feels confident they’ll be great additions.”

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