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Trussalo Appointed Principal of Ring Elementary School

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. –   The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education has approved the appointment of Michelle Trussalo as Principal of C.C. Ring Elementary School. Trussalo, the current assistant principal at M.J. Fletcher Elementary School, will begin her appointment on July 1, 2024. 

“We are all very pleased that Michelle will be our new principal at Ring Elementary,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, JPS Superintendent. “The school has a rich history and tradition, and I know that Michelle will bring her unique talents to the building. She shined during the interview process and was a top choice of all of our constituent groups. I am looking forward to seeing her great success for our kids.”

“We are so excited to have Ms. Trussalo serve as the next principal at Ring School,” said Tina Sandstrom, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and School Improvement. “Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated a consistent and sincere commitment to students and families. We believe this will be a great fit, and we are grateful to the students, staff, and families who assisted us in the interview process.”

A 2008 graduate of Jamestown High School and city resident, Trussalo has spent the 2023-24 school year as Fletcher’s assistant principal. Prior to that appointment, she worked in various roles at C.C. Ring Elementary School, spending seven years as a special education teacher and serving 2022-23 school year as Ring’s teacher on special assignment, supporting students and staff. 

“I’m truly honored to have the unique opportunity to return to C.C. Ring Elementary, where I started my teaching career,” Trussalo said. “There is tremendous work being done within our district to ensure the success of all students and I am eager to use my background and experiences in order to lead these efforts as principal. I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with the students, staff, and families of C.C. Ring by collaborating for the continued success of our students.”

Trussalo earned a bachelor’s and master’s in science in education from the State University of New York College at Cortland and also received school building and school district leader certifications from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

In her current role, she has served as an instruction leader in the planning, coordination, and administration of school activities and programs. She also has served on the building’s PBIS, shared decision making, family and community engagement, safety, and child study committees. District-wide, she has also served on the ELA and professional development steering committees.

Trussalo will succeed Annette Miller, who is retiring after nearly 35 years of service to the Jamestown Public Schools, including the last six as Ring’s principal.