Chad Barkes is the new principal at Sprague High School. Barkes started his career in SKPS in 2000 as an instructional assistant at Swegle Elementary School. He earned his teaching degree with a focus on special education from Western Oregon University in 2003. After that, Barkes taught at West Salem High School in the special education department for several years, then moved into the role of special education program assistant for nine years. He has been serving at Sprague as an assistant principal/athletic director since 2015.
Jesse Clayton joined the Admin Team at Sprague in 2017 as an Assistant Principal after serving in the role of AP at Leslie Middle School for two years, and as AP at Claggett Creek Middle School for three years.
Mrs. Clayton was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska where she lived before moving to Oregon to attend college at Oregon State University. After graduating, Mrs. Clayton moved to Southern California where she started her career in Education, serving as a high school English and AVID teacher, AVID Coordinator, and Instructional Coach. Mrs. Clayton returned to the Willamette Valley and began work for Salem Keizer Public Schools in 2010 as an Instructional Coach at Waldo Middle School before becoming Assistant Principal at Claggett Creek Middle School.
Mrs. Clayton is looking forward to getting back to the high school level and is excited to do that at Sprague High School.
Mark Harris joined the Sprague Admin Team in 2019.
Mr. Harris was born and raised in London, England graduating high school in 1997. From there he attended university at University College of London obtaining his Master’s degree. His educational career started in 2002, where he was a Math teacher at a secondary modern school back in London for several years as a Key Stage 4 coordinator. After emigrating to Salem in 2010, he landed a position as a Math teacher in Sprague High School, transitioned to an Instructional Coach at McKay High School for 2 years, before excitedly returning back as a Behaviour Specialist to Sprague.
Mr. Harris has been happily married since 2010 and has two beautiful children. Outside of school Mr. Harris thoroughly enjoys hanging out with family and friends, playing board games and spend time traveling.
Mickey Toft will be joining Sprague’s administrative team as assistant principal. Toft, who graduated from McNary High School, has 37 years of experience in education and most recently served as an interim assistant principal in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Toft graduated from Linfield College in 1978 and completed his masters there as well. After 15 years in the classroom, he became a school administrator and served as an assistant principal, middle school principal and high school principal in McMinnville School District. In addition to his teaching and administrative experience, Toft spent many seasons coaching high school sports at McKay, North Salem and Sprague.
Clinton Gertenrich has worked his entire educational career for Salem-Keizer Public Schools as a classified employee, teacher and administrator. He taught at Houck Middle School, and he has been an administrator at North Salem High School, Candalaria Elementary School and most recently principal at Schirle Elementary School. He previously had successful coaching experiences at McKay, McNary, North, South and Sprague High School.