Farewell After 16 Years: Priester Headed for China


Photo by Mid-Pacific Institute

HS and MS Principal Dr. Dwayne Priester pursues his next step in Shanghai.

Charlize Guadiello, Editor-in-Chief

After a dedicated sixteen years on campus, Middle and High School Principal Dr. Dwayne Priester is setting his sights on a new school in China.

Effective July 2023, Dr. Priester will conclude his journey with Mid-Pacific, which he described as a wonderful learning experience.

To go along with the title of Middle School Principal, Dr. Priester was named High School Principal in May 2020. Since then, Mid-Pacific has integrated the middle and high schools.

Dr. Priester will become the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning at Concordia International School in Shanghai beginning July 2023.

President Paul Turnball had nothing but good things to say about the departing Dr. Priester.

“We’re proud of the work that Dee has done at Mid-Pacific over the past 16 years and we are fortunate to have the remainder of this school year with him. Mid-Pacific is a place for learning and growth, not just for our students, and we are excited for Dee to take this next step in his journey as a school leader.” Dr. Turnbull said.

Dr. Priester explained to the staff that for the next school year an Interim Principal will be hired. The next step will be to conduct a thorough interview process and hire a permanent new principal.
He said that the school’s two Vice-Presidents – Lori Perriera and Rebecca Hodge – will continue to manage the middle and high school operations.

“I remain confident in their ability to continue the great work we have started. Mid-Pacific is exceptional because of your work as extraordinary educators. Continue to care for yourselves and one another. Thank you for being Mid-Pacific!”