Message from the Principal

Dear PGK Families:

I am writing with mixed emotions as I share an important update with the Keithley Middle School community.

As you are aware, we went through an extensive process last Spring to hire Kianee Lee as the Principal of PGK. We were excited about her leadership, vision and commitment to PGK students, staff and families. This summer, Ms. Lee experienced a tragedy in her immediate family as the school year began and has elected to not continue to serve as PGK Principal. We are devastated by the emotional weight that Ms. Lee is carrying and wish her the best as she cares for herself and her loved ones.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Rosita Castellano has been named the new Principal of Keithley Middle School effective immediately. Ms. Castellano strikes a perfect balance of being a thoughtful and engaging educator, a proven leader, and someone who continually steps up to provide supportive leadership in the PGK community. She has spent much of her educational career with Franklin Pierce Schools, serving as a teacher and dean at GATES High School, district mentor and most recently as Assistant Principal at Keithley.

Leading a school is a challenging task. Leading a school during a pandemic is monumental. I am not only confident that Ms. Castellano will approach this role with excellence and grace, but that she will do so in a way that honors the entire PGK community, including staff, students and families. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of social justice and equity, family and community partnerships and advancing academic excellence. She is an incredible listener, attentive to the needs of others, and honors the dignity and potential of everyone with whom she interacts. We are honored that she has accepted this position and look forward to the ways that her experiences, skills, knowledge, and collaborative spirit will serve the PGK community.

Please join me in welcoming Rosita Castellano as the next principal of Keithley Middle School.

Lance Goodpaster

Superintendent

Franklin Pierce Schools

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Mrs. Rosita Castellano
Principal, Keithley Middle School
rcastellano@fpschools.org
(253) 298-4300