Dear students and families of Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School,
It is truly my pleasure to introduce myself as your new principal! I am honored and
excited to take this role and would like to tell you a little about me.
I am a graduate of the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) where I studied in the
School of Music Education and was a 4-year member of the Husky Marching Band. After
college, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps where I was sent to teach in a very rural part of
Madagascar.That was my first teaching job, and so far the one I have the most interesting stories to tell about. After my service ended, I worked for a hang gliding company in North Carolina and spent a winter skiing in Colorado before getting serious about my career and taking a job as band and music director in La Conner School District. La Conner is a small community and I was able to work with students in grades 3-12 and discovered the joy in working with elementary and middle school children. In that position I showed an aptitude for the administrative side of education and completed a Masters in Instructional Leadership from Pacific Lutheran University. That degree and credential led to an administrative position as the Assistant Principal at Sultan Elementary where I split the leadership of a school with about 600 students.
After dealing with the increasing gridlock and other issues that came from a rapidly growing city, my wife and I decided to look for someplace with a real sense of community where we could raise our children. We couldn’t be happier to have landed here and we are expecting our first child in October of this year.
If I could sum up my philosophy of education and leadership in one sentence, it would be a quote from Dr. James Comey: “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship”. I am truly looking forward to working closely with each of you to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for all students of WPSIS.