Kellyann Reis

Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. Reis began her educational career as a Speech Therapist.  After 3 years of working for San Joaquin County, she decided to go into the classroom as a teacher.  Her teaching career took her back to her childhood school, New Jerusalem Elementary.

Mrs. Reis is now the longest standing employee within New Jerusalem District, serving over 25 years.  The past 6 years have been in administration, continuing to grow the District’s Online Programs.

Kellyann will now move into the role of Superintendent.  She steps into some big shoes, following the district’s longtime Superintendent, David Thoming.  He has grown the District from its one small rural school to currently operating 9 Charter Schools.

The District will continue to thrive as Mrs. Reis will begin to focus on curriculum, interventions and positive behavior in the classrooms.  Students have been on a rocky path dealing with the outcomes of COVID.  New Jerusalem School District will be putting all efforts into getting kids back on a smooth path where they feel safe and loved in order to learn.

Laurie Fracolli
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Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

Mrs. Fracolli brings over 30 years of experience to her work as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She began her career working in preschool programs and then stepped into elementary classrooms as a teacher for eight years. She moved into administration and spent 12 years as a Principal at K-8 schools in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley. She was given an opportunity to work for a national non- profit organization, New Teacher Center, that focused on providing a structured approach to supporting new teachers and administrators through state and local efforts on the ground, in the field, and through state policy legislation. It was this work where she thrived in supporting others through mentoring, providing professional development and leading efforts in Leadership Coaching for states including California, Hawaii, Oregon and Florida.

She has worked for New Jerusalem Elementary School District for the past three years. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, as well as professional development and accountability. She is responsible for all District and State Testing and Accountability reports, Staff Development and Training, New Teacher Support and Mentoring, Principal and Leadership Coaching, Curriculum and Textbook oversight and Data Analysis.

Steve Payne
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Deputy Superintendent, Student Services and Human Resources

Steve has worked in education since 1994, starting his career in the Linden Unified School District as a high school special education teacher.  After 7 years in Linden, he moved to Tracy Unified as a 4th and 5th grade general education teacher for 3 years.  During his time in Tracy, Steve completed his coursework to become an administrator and moved back to Linden as the Director of Student Services.

After 3 years in Linden, Mr. Payne came to the New Jerusalem Elementary School District working as a school principal and a special education director.  During his time in New Jerusalem, Steve has worked with district and district authorized charter schools to create and provide educational services to special needs children.  His focus for the district and its special education program, is to focus on the individual needs of each child.