New principal, assistant principal named at Santa Fe

Chad Frey

This summer Newton USD 373 has named both a new principal and assistant principal at Santa Fe 5/6 Center.

The district named Deana Waltrip as Santa Fe principal.

“I am excited to join the team and work for Newton School District,” Waltrip said. “I immediately felt the positivity of the staff with a student-first mindset and innovative thinking during the interview, and I knew that I wanted to work at Santa Fe. I was very impressed with both the administrative and teacher teams I met. I look forward to the new experiences, challenges and relationships Newton School District will provide.”

Waltrip was previously a building pre-K-5 principal at USD 268 Cheney.

Waltrip has more than 20 years of education experience and many of those were with fifth and sixth graders. Her first role was as a special education teacher.

Waltrip has a master’s degree in education leadership from Wichita State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University.

Heidi Flores was named the Santa Fe 5/6 Center assistant principal.

“I choose Newton because Newton is home to my family,” Flores said. “This is also where my education journey began and I have resided in Newton ever since. Newton is where my education seeds were planted as I am a Bethel College graduate. I am honored to join the USD 373 team and serve our students and families.”

Flores comes to USD 373 from Wichita public schools, where she was a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) facilitator. As an MTSS facilitator, she provided professional development for staff, conducted classroom visits and provided instructional support, supported district leadership and enhanced initiatives and collaborated with principal and teacher teams to implement district and building initiatives.

Flores also has experience as an elementary teacher in the Wichita school district. Flores taught kindergarten, first, third and fourth grades.

“I am excited to continue to grow and learn as an Assistant Principal at Santa Fe,” she said.

Flores received her master's degree in building leadership from Newman University and her bachelor’s in education from Bethel College.