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Meet the Superintendent

Jeff Pelzel became superintendent of the Newhall School District July 1, 2018. Prior to his appointment as superintendent in Newhall, Jeff was the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Newhall School District. With his comprehensive knowledge of the District and his familiarity among the District’s stakeholders, particularly teachers, Mr. Pelzel hits the ground running, fostering positive relationships and moving forward with current initiatives that position the District for future successes.

As Newhall’s Assistant Superintendent since 2014, Jeff led the District through a period of rapid change in California public education. From new State standards to new State assessments to a new State accountability system, Mr. Pelzel demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring everyone along, maintaining the District’s standing as a year-to-year leader in academic excellence.  He is passionate about his work and has given every ounce of his dedication to our students, their parents, staff and community during these past four years.

A native of Selah Washington (and now a Santa Clarita resident), Mr. Pelzel came to Newhall after holding various posts in the (Washington State) Kent, Moses Lake and Selah school districts.  He started his career as a mathematics and psychology teacher in Selah.

Mr. Pelzel holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Heritage University.  His, daughter, Jennifer, is a recent graduate of Western Washington University and will begin her doctoral program in pharmacy at Washington State University.