After 15 years of service, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Dandy Stevens will leave the Silver Falls School District at the end of this school year, having recently announced that she was selected as the new Superintendent of Gervais School District. Mrs. Stevens is a 2nd-generation administrator in our district — her father, Dick Kromminga, served as Principal of Silverton High School from 1990 until his death in 1999. Mrs. Stevens served as an assistant principal at SHS from 2004-2011, as principal of Mark Twain Middle School from 2011-2014, and as assistant superintendent from 2014-2019.
“My favorite job in the district was working as an assistant principal in charge of curriculum at SHS,” says Stevens. “You have to think differently to reach every student, to touch every student’s heart to find the thing that makes them want to finish school, and to help them figure out their vision for what that September after senior year looks like.”
Mrs. Stevens says she’ll miss working in Silver Falls SD. “I’ll miss the sense of community here,” she said. “Regardless of where I am in Silverton, there’s a strong sense of community and of caring for our kids. I’ll also miss the relationships I’ve built here — especially my many coworkers who have become good friends. And I’m proud of the opportunities we’ve worked together to build for our students.”
Now Mrs. Stevens reflects on the past even as she looks to the future. “I taught in Gervais for five years early in my career. Now I’m looking forward to going back in a different position and using my skills and experience I’ve acquired in the meantime to create opportunities for students in that district.”
Join us in offering Mrs. Stevens a sincere thanks for her many years of service to the students, families, and staff members of Silver Falls School District. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best in her new position!