Alumni News & Notes

Fall 2006-2007

Shawn Brown

Olympia, has been hired as the speech and language pathologist for the Pioneer School District, a field he has worked in for eight years.

Shelley Button

Blaine, (Cert.), was hired by the Blaine School District to replace Red Goodwin's district one position. After obtaining her teaching certification, Button was hired to teach fourth grade in 1998 and then sixth grade in 2001 at Blaine Elementary, before this recent promotion to work for the Blaine School District.

Sue Holt

Naselle, (B.A.), has been hired by the Naselle-Grays River School District as their new kindergarten teacher. Holt has previously worked for the Seattle University District as well as the Marysville School District.

Spring 2005-2006

Bruce DeBois

(Educational Administration) was recently appointed by the Northshore School District as principal of Leota Junior High School in Woodinville, effective July 1, 2006. He is the current assistant principal at Canyon Park Junior High in Bothell, where he is serving his ninth year. DuBois earned both his master's degree in educational administration and his secondary principal certification from Western Washington University.

Don Pringle

(M.Ed. '03) is a recognized physics teacher at Ferndale High School who recently earned National Board Certification. Pringle was also awarded with a $500 gift of appreciation from the Conoco-Phillips company.

Dr. James Ford

(B.A.E. '51) is recovering from a heart attack that he suffered in February of 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology and elementary education from Western Washington University and later joined the faculty at Skagit Valley College, where he served for 40 years before his retirement in 1994. Ford was also the recipient of the Western Washington University Distinguished Alumnus award in 1995.

Eileen Kay Dickson

(B.A.E. '70) is serving as a tour guide for Boeing's Future of Flight Aviation Center and the Everett factory location. She has been with Boeing for twenty years and plans to retire from the company in the near future.

George Holmes

is retiring from teaching second grade at Skyline Elementary in Ferndale. He has been teaching second and third grade with the Ferndale School District for the past 35 years. Holmes earned his degree in art from Western Washington University, which allowed him to bring his artistic skills to the classroom to share with students and other faculty members throughout his career. He has also served as the Summer Enrichment Program coordinator for the district for the past 5 years.

Jeff Lofgren

(B.A. '89) was awarded the regional "Distinguished Principal of 2006" by the Elementary Association's Hall of Fame in February of 2006. He is the current principal of Cedarhome Elementary School in Stanwood, WA.

Juliana Sandri

(Cert. '03) married Michael Weis on September 3, 2005. The couple now lives in Portland, OR.

Kay Walter

(B.A.E. '75) is currently the special education coordinator for Good Beginnings Preschool in Sedro-Woolley. Walter was previously the parent coordinator at the Family Life Department at Skagit Valley College. She has been working in early childhood education throughout her professional career after earning her education degree.

Lisa Lockwood

(B.A.E. '89) was named the 2005 Ferndale Woman of the Year for her many contributions to the Ferndale community over the years, including volunteer work in protecting children from sex offenders and serving as chapter president of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Mary Hebert

('81) was recently appointed to take over as Assistant Superintendent of Port Angeles Schools. She is the current principal of Dry Creek Elementary in Port Angeles. Herbert earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Washington University.

Mary Lynch

(Cert. '91) has been teaching at Big Lake Elementary in Sedro-Woolley for thirteen years. She has taught kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade while at Big Lake, but ultimately returned to teaching kindergarten two years ago. Lynch is an avid supporter of all-day kindergarten classes where the children will have the opportunity to be better prepared for first grade by being exposed to more subjects and more time with instructors.

Patti Arthaud

(cert '69) is retiring from her position as Emerson Elementary Principal, after 36 total years as a teacher and administrator. She earned her degree from Western Washington University and then went on to work for the Hoquiam School District.

Regina Campbell

(B.A.E. '80) was recently honored for her work as a physical education instructor at Assumption Catholic School, where she has taught for 14 years. She was named "Distinguished Teacher of the Northwest Region" by the National Catholic Education Association.

Ron Jones

(Cert. '78) was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association's Hall of Fame in February of 2006. He is currently an orchestra teacher at Port Angeles High School.

Tamara McGrady

( '96) is the Life Skills Special Education teacher at Cascade Middle School in Sedro Woolley, where she has been since 2001. McGrady also supports the developmentally appropriate Washington Assessment for Student Learning test, something she is very passionate about in this "age of new standards".

Winter 2005-2006

Betty Smith

('75) "retired" from teaching and pastoring in June 2005. , After graduation she served as a pastor to various small United Methodist congregations, including Nooksack Indian Mission, Davenport, Moran Prairie, Toppenish, Dayton and Rockford, Wash. and Lewiston, Id. She also taught junior high English in Odessa, Wash.

Cheryl Chow

(B.A. '70, Continuing Principal Cert '81), was elected to the Seattle School Board in 2005. , She retired from the Seattle School District and had served on the Seattle City Council. , A profile of her educational activities is on the school board Web site.

Christy Johnson

(B.A. '01, Certification '02) was recently named "2005 National Teacher of the Year" by Junior Achievement (J.A.) for her work as an outstanding economics teacher at Bellingham High. She is currently pursuing her master's in business administration, with a focus on social entrepreneurship. , Johnson, who also teaches math, will receive a $2000 prize from J.A. Worldwide, an organization that educates young people about business, economics and entrepreneurship.

Dan Persse

was named "Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year" for the state of Washington by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. , He is in his 10th year of teaching at Blaine Elementary School. , He is a member of Woodring's Teacher Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) and a candidate for National Board Certification.

Dave McReynolds

(Cert.) was asked to come and teach at Cle Elum High in fall of 2005. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University, and received his Masters degree from the University of Arkansas, and recently earned his teaching certificate from Woodring College of Education.

David Hutchinson

is retiring after 30 years of service in the public school system. While teaching in Bellingham School District he earned his administrative credentials from WWU, went on to Ferndale High School in 1993 where he was an assistant principal for four years before becoming their principal. In 2003 he was named Washington's High School Principal of the Year.

David Wain Coon

(M.Ed. Student Personnel Administration '90), was selected as the President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, Calif. in May, 2005. , Prior to that he was the vice president for student success at Cascadia Community College and executive dean of student services at Green River Community College.