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"I am eager to reconnect with the Coarsegold school community and continue our journey of fostering a positive school culture."—Melinda Gresham

YUSD Names Melinda Gresham Next Coarsegold Elementary School Principal

OAKHURST, CA — The Yosemite Unified School District announced the appointment of Melinda Gresham as the next principal of Coarsegold Elementary School, pending Board approval.

22-Year Resident of Coarsegold

Melinda Gresham is named new Principal of Coarsegold Elementary School

Gresham, a resident of Coarsegold for 22 years, brings 24 years of experience in education to her new role. Her career includes two years as vice principal of Yosemite High School and 17 years at Coarsegold Elementary/Gold Creek Academy.

She holds a master’s degree in teaching and learning along with an administration credential from Brandman University; a teaching credential from California State University, Bakersfield; and a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Focus on Communication

During her tenure at Yosemite High School, Gresham focused on enhancing communication and fostering a positive school culture. She worked closely with students, families, and staff to create a safe and challenging learning environment. Her teaching career spans grades K-6.

Active Community Involvement

She has been actively involved in the Coarsegold community, including chairing Heritage Days and coordinating various local events.

Gresham began her teaching career in Bakersfield and Madera before joining Coarsegold Elementary. She served as the school’s athletic coordinator, coaching multiple sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, and cross country. Additionally, she has coached youth soccer, softball, and little league in the mountain area.

In 2016, the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce named Gresham the Coarsegold Woman of the Year.

Gresham says,

“I am eager to reconnect with the Coarsegold school community and continue our journey of fostering a positive school culture.”

She continued, “Emphasizing kindness, compassion, acceptance, and patience will be at the heart of our efforts. I look forward to collaborating with students, staff, and families to create a supportive and dynamic environment. Together, we will build a strong foundation for our future Badgers.”

Gresham’s Family

Gresham and her husband, Kent, have two children. Their daughter, a graduate of Yosemite High School, is in her third year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, pursuing a degree in education. Their son is graduating from YHS this year and will also attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in construction management.

Assumes Principal Role at End of 2023-24 School Year

Pending board approval, Gresham will assume her principal role after the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year. The YUSD community looks forward to welcoming Gresham and witnessing the positive impact of her leadership at Coarsegold Elementary School.

Photo courtesy of Yosemite Unified School District. Graphics courtesy of Coarsegold Elementary School.

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