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Alumni News & Notes

Summer 2006-2007

In Memoriam

Sheldonna Greer

Stanwood-Camano, (B.A. Ed. '72); passed away on August 7, 2007. She spent many years teaching at several different schools, as well as serving in the Peace Corps in Micronesia.

Spring 2006-2007

Bruce Bivins

Seattle, (MA Ed. Admin, Principal Accreditation), is the new principal of West Seattle High School. He has previous experience at Franklin High School, Garfield High School, Edmonds School District, and as the King County Juvenile Detention School Coordinator for Interagency Schools.

Greg Colfax

Friday Harbor, was featured in a recent Island Guardian article. Colfax, a Makah artist and wood carver, presented a lecture on the origins of Northwest Coast Native art and its evolution into today's contemporary forms. His artwork has been featured across the country.

Michael Starosky

Ballard, (M.Ed. 2001), has been named principal at Whitman Middle School following five years as assistant principal at Whitman. Starosky has served as athletic director at both Whitman and Asa Mercer middle schools since 1998. Prior to becoming Whitman's assistant principal, he spent six years as a language arts/social studies and health teacher at Asa Mercer.

Pamela Wright

Eastsound, was recently featured in an Island Sounder article. Wright is a music teacher at an Orcas Island elementary school.

Patty Page

Whidbey Island, (M.Ed. 1981), was recently named superintendent of the Coupeville School District on Whidbey Island. Page has an extensive background in education, including serving as assistant superintendent of the Kelso School District for eight years, and principal and assistant principal positions at several Northwest schools, including Clover Park High School in Tacoma and Gig Harbor High School. During her eight years in Kelso, Page was active in the community, working with United Way, the Ethnic Support Council, Lion's Club, Columbia Theater, and Feline Friends.

Rob Cheesman

Lynden, a teacher at Lynden High school, was featured in a recent Bellingham Herald article. Inspired by one of his professors at Western, Cheesman has his students write letters to themselves, which he mails to them five years later.

Robert Storms

Ferndale, published a book of stories from his 38-year experience as a music teacher at Vista Middle School in Ferndale. Since his retirement in 2000, Storms has not lost his love for the art, continuing to write music and playing the clarinet in a traditional jazz band.

Sue Coslor

Mount Vernon, (M.Ed. 1990), is retiring after 35 years at Washington Elementary School, having spent 20 of those years as a third-grade teacher.

Tom Manke

Morton, (Princ. Cert.), is the new superintendent of Morton School District.

In Memoriam

Mildred Bean Heller

Mount Vernon, (Teaching Cert.); passed away at the age of 90 on March 14, 2007. She taught for 35 years in cities including Bellevue, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and the Skagit Valley.

Russell Leon Tanck

Mount Vernon, (B.A. Ed.); passed away on February 23, 2007. Over the course of his career as an educator, Russell taught in Oak Harbor, Newhalem, and Federal Way, Wash., and then The Dalles, Ore. before retiring in 1992.

Winter 2006-2007

Jeff Leer

Mount Vernon (BAE, '92) and Grant Pelesky, Puyallup (BA '70) attended an important Supreme Court Hearing in Washington D.C. that directly affected thousands of Washington teachers.

Kate Norem

was featured in the Bellingham Herald in March for her student teaching at Geneva Elementary. She recently organized a poetry reading for 21 of her students.

Kathy Ehman

Sedro-Woolley, (Superintendent Cred. '06), was named the new assistant superintendent for the Sedro-Woolley School Board.

Leo Richard (Dick) Christensen

Bainbridge Island, (B.A. '71 &, '73), retired in February from Tacoma Public Schools after 32 and a half years. He taught for eight years in Special Education and served 24 and a half years in Special Education Administration as the manager of Special Education Tracking.

Shannon Dierks

Renton, was named one of three Teachers of the Month for January by the Rotary Club of Renton. She is a first grade teacher at Lakeridge Elementary, and has been teaching in Renton for five years.

Fall 2006-2007

Adam and Clinton Seal

Everett, (B.A.), are 25-year-old identical twins that both obtained their teaching degrees from Western Washington University. They are now both employed at the same elementary institution: Challenger Elementary in south Everett. Clinton teaches second grade while Adam teaches fourth.

Brandi Hageman

Mossyrock, (Cert.), is the new science teacher at Mossyrock High School. Hageman will be able to develop her own curriculum for her advanced biology courses, something that she is excited about.

Brian Schultz

Shoreline, (M.Ed. '97), has been selected as the executive director of secondary education and student services for the Shoreline School District. Schultz has served the Shoreline education community since 1988 in various positions, including social studies teacher, athletic coach, activity coordinator, and assistant principal and principal at Shorecrest High School.

Bruce DuBois

Woodinville, (M.A.), has been named the new principal at Leota Junior High School in Woodinville. DuBois is not a stranger to the Northshore School District, where he has worked for the past 29 years. His most recent position has been as the assistant principal of nine years at Canyon Park Junior High in Bothell.

Cassandra Baddeley

(B.A.E.'01), Seattle, a fifth grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, was awarded the Milken Family Foundation's annual award. She is one of 100 teachers to be given this award nationwide, which honors K-12 educators who have demonstrated leadership and community involvement. The award includes a $25,000 prize. Baddeley is a much-loved member of the teaching community at Thurgood Marshall, where she has been an instructor for six years. She serves on the leadership team at Marshall, as well as being the school's technology specialist, which earned her a nod for instilling confidence in her students and maintaining high expectations for them. Cassandra credits two professors she had while attending Western Washington University with motivating and inspiring her to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher in an urban school district.

Chuck Larson

Honolulu, HI, (M.Ed. '69), is executive director of a first school (preschool) organization called Seagull Schools, Inc. Larson established the first school, Seagull School to place more emphasis on early education so more students come into primary education prepared. He is planning on opening more preschools in Hawaii under the same organization.

Dave Dandurand

Lake Quinault, (B.A in Biology, '74), retired in July after 31 years of teaching at Lake Quinault High School. Throughout his three-decade tenure at Quinault, he primarily taught science and math. Dandurand contributed to the school in other ways also, including coaching girls' volleyball and assisting the girls' basketball coach. Because Quinault is a rural school, Dandurand often taught many different subjects, including horticulture, geometry, photography, biology and computer science. , , He has helped establish and develop more challenging programs at Quinault during his time there. Dandurand started the horticulture program and elevated the math program to include three more advanced courses.

Deb Barten

Mukilteo, (B.A.), has created "Mukilteo in Motion", her contribution to the Parade of Lighthouses in Mukilteo. Her design was one of the successful ones in the competition, joined with that of one of her students.