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Faculty & Staff

A Message From the Principal

It is an honor to be returning as Principal of West Street Elementary for the upcoming school year. I hope that the summer provided you and your family time to be together, laugh together, and enjoy the company of friends. I’m excited to welcome you back as our first day of school will be Thursday, August 12th. With the full reopening of our schools, the Corning Union Elementary School District will continue to uphold all safety protocols for the health and wellness of all students, community, and staff members.

This will be my fourth year serving the community of Corning. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our parents, grandparents, and caregivers. I look forward to working and collaborating with even more of you this year. Together we will continue to prepare our children for the adventures and challenges of adulthood through academics, social-emotional learning, and good old fashion work ethics!

My unwavering belief is that every child can reach their potential with a united community and strong partnership between our families and school staff. In building confidence and resilience in our students we are setting them on a path in which they will have the knowledge and tools to shape their future, the future of our community, and our country.

My wife Kate and I will be experiencing something that all of you have experienced already. We have a Kindergartener in the family! Our daughter Mabel will be starting her first year in public schools. We are very excited for her and she can’t wait to get started. We also added one to the family in October of last year. Our son Otto is growing so much every day. He’s a crawling machine and any time now he will be taking those first steps. Before I know it he’ll be asking for the keys to the car!

To our students, I cannot wait to welcome you all back on campus! You’ll all be a year older, a little taller, and a lot wiser. I’m very excited to see you all again! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year and that you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends. It is going to be a fun year learning together.

In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2021 - 2022 school year.


Mr. Josh Niehues Principal

West Street Elementary School



Josh Niehues ~ Principal

Andrew Fisher ~ Assistant Principal

Classified Staff

Jennifer Morgan ~ Secretary/Bookkeeper

Emily Helton ~ Secretary

Kathleen Endres ~ Health Aide

Trina Legones ~ Library Clerk/Secretary

Certificated Staff

Julie Carr ~ Kindergarten

Hilary Kingsley ~ Kindergarten

Megan Walling ~ 1st Grade

Julie Paull ~ 1st Grade

Darcey Span ~ 2nd Grade

Heather Flournoy ~ 2nd Grade

Dawna Brandt ~ 3rd Grade

Kelli Irvin ~ 3rd Grade 

Melissa Smith ~ 4th Grade

Stephanie Esquivel~ 4th Grade

Leslie Silvers ~ 5th Grade

Karen Mills ~ 5th Grade

Rosie Hudson ~ SDC

Nicole Barker ~ RSP

Shawna Lucas - Academic Intervention

Richard Cherveny ~ Visual & Performing Arts

Ashley Bauguss ~ Counselor

Yaderia Valera ~ Psychologist