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Posted Date: 04/19/2022

Clearwater USD 264 is pleased to announce that Mr. Kelley Sayahnejad has been named assistant principal of the Intermediate-Middle School. This is a new position. Sayahnejad will provide leadership for the building with Mr. Eric Shipman, principal.

Mr. Jason Crist, who has served as CIMS athletic director and K-12 technology facilitator and will transition to full-time technology integration as the assistant technology director. 

For seven years, Sayahnejad has been the physical education teacher at Douglass High School where he also served in leadership and coaching roles. He completed his endorsement in building level administration from Fort Hays State University last year.  

“Nineteen years of teaching and coaching experience in large and small districts has given me the opportunity to work with different leadership styles and school climates,” he said. “I'm looking forward to taking my teaching and coaching experience in a new direction working with the staff and students of CIMS.”

Sayahnejad is excited to join the Clearwater district, saying, “I have always admired Clearwater from afar. When coaching against Clearwater, the athletes always played with class and enthusiasm. This speaks to the culture that has been built by the community and I'm excited to be a part of it.” 

Sayahnejad grew up in Vinita, Oklahoma, where school involvement always had an important role in his life. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education at Friends University he also played football. He later played semi-pro football for the Wichita Aviators. 

In 2005 he earned a Master of Science in Special Education from Southwestern College. Before joining the Douglass school district, he taught special education at Wichita North and then at USD 490 Butler County Special Education Cooperative. 

His wife, Jennifer, teaches in the Wichita school district. They have two sons Cooper, age ten, and Cameron, age eight.

We are #ClearwaterProud to welcome Sayahnejad and his family to Clearwater. 

Kelley Sayahnejad CIMS Assistant PrincipalKelley Sayahnejad, Jennifer, Cameron, Cooper