Mr. Craig Staton,


 Originally from northern New Jersey, just outside of New York City, I came to Montgomery County over 20 years ago to teach in MCPS. I'm a graduate of Bucknell University (Go Bison!) and this will be my 7th year as principal of Julius West Middle School. Whether as an administrator, mentor or coach, I love working with kids of all ages both in and outside of school. My passion for education is driven by my natural desire to be a contributor within the community. The international culture at Julius West MS makes it a special place to be, which is why many families move to the cluster because of what it offers. Everyday, I feel fortunate to be a part of a community with so many great students, staff, and parents. I am truly looking forward to all the new faces and experiences this new school year will bring!


Mrs. Allison Li,

Assistant Principal  

 Born in upstate New York, I lived in Japan and Korea before moving to Maryland. I attended the University of Maryland, College Park (go Terps!) where I earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and received a Master's degree in education. My core values include equity, collaboration, relationships, and mastery level instruction. In my spare time, I love to rock climb and spend time with my husband and daughter. I enjoy connecting with people and have a passion for education. I look forward to serving the students, staff, and community as an administrator! Julius West is simply the best!


Ms. Stephanie Nesmith,

Principal Intern

  I am in my 20th year of education this year! Prior to beginning my career in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), I worked in my hometown of Cleveland, OH as a middle school math teacher for the Cleveland Municipal School District. As I embark upon my 16th year with MCPS, I possess diverse and well-rounded work experience having served as a high school math teacher, high school counselor, high school resource counselor, and middle school assistant principal. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Talladega College and a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Florida A&M University. I have earned a Certificate of Administration and Supervision from McDaniel College, and have also completed 63 hours of doctoral level coursework, earning an Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park where my research involved studying the impact of restorative justice practices on student academic achievement. My commitment to supporting children led me to volunteer as a commissioner for the Montgomery County Council of Commission for Children and Youth, where I currently serves as co-chair.

I am passionate about my work as an educator and embrace each day with eagerness and an open heart. Working to make a difference and inspiring students to perform at their highest level has always guided my journey through this work. I stand ready each day to impact those who matter the most – OUR STUDENTS.