Alumni News & Notes

Winter 2005-2006

David Watt

was named vice principal for Olympic View Middle School, in Mukilteo School District. He was formerly the Dean of Students at Discovery and Olivia Park Elementary.

Fran McCarthy

(Ed Admin. Cert. '03) formerly assistant principal at Quil Ceda Elementary, has been named the new principal of Coupeville Elementary School. She was an adjunct faculty at Woodring in 2004.

Henk Kruithof

(M.Ed.) has been hired as the new principal at Clear Lake Elementary School, where he grew up. , He earned his principal's certification from Seattle Pacific University.

Janice Frank

(B.A., M.Ed. '84) is retiring from her 23-year post as the library media specialist at Geneva Elementary School.

Janine Sward

(Cert. '96) has been hired as the new principal at Little Mountain Elementary School in the Mount Vernon School District. She taught English for nine years.

Jeremy McIntosh

has been hired as a fourth grade teacher at Bordeaux Elementary School in Shelton School District.

Karen Tolliver

(B.A.E.) took up her post as the new principal of Happy Valley Elementary this August. She taught at Happy Valley from 1999-2002.

Ken Benny

(B.A. '73, M.Ed '78) was the unanimous choice for superintendent of the Mill Valley School District. in California. He was formerly chief academic officer for Olympia School District.

Kristie Abernethy

(B.A.E. '04), is teaching second grade at Kendall Elementary School in the Mount Baker School District.

Kyle Kinoshita

(B.A.E. '76), , has been principal at Meadowdale Elementary School in Edmonds School District for 11 years. , In the Fall 2004, Kyle was presented the Excellence in Educational Administration award by the University Council for Educational Administration. Prior to this in 1993, he was awarded as a teacher the Christa McAuliffe-Excellence in Education Award from the state of Washington, in 2000 he received the Snohomish Region Distinguished Principal Award from the Association of Washington State Principals. He is currently a student in the University of Washington Leadership for Learning Ed.D. Program. Kyle also teaches in the WWU Principal Preparation program. , Contact him at:

Laura Thiel

(B.A. '03) was recently hired as a new case manager at Brigid Collins Family Support Center, where she served as an intern for two years while working on her bachelor's degree in human services.

Lindsay Dorr

(B.A.E. '04) is a second grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary, and the primary representative to the Ferndale Education Association for her school, just one year after graduation from Woodring.

Maggie Daley

received the 2005 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Linda Lyons Foundation. She currently teaches first grade at Fairview Christian School in Seattle.

Marsha Riddle Buly

(B.A.E '82) received promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. , She has been part of the Woodring Elementary Education faculty, specializing in literacy, since 1999.

MaryAnn Opperud

(M.A.E. '74) is beginning her third year as principal of Mill Creek Elementary School in Snohomish County.

Merrilee Carey

is the new principal at Black Hills High School in Tumwater. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Western Washington University.

Michael Spinale

(B.A. Human Services '80, TESOL certificate ' 05), retired in June after 25 years of managing the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. , He began working for the Whatcom County Council of Aging at age 23, becoming the full-time manager of the Ferndale Center in 1974, leaving there in 1980 to take over in Bellingham.

Mike Sullivan

(Cert. '74) was recently appointed as the lone Superior Court judge for both Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties. He will be sworn in on Oct. 17, 2005, after his 21 year legal career. He taught nine years in South Bend.

Patty Fouts

(B.A. '97) was named the assistant principal of Forks Middle School, where she has taught for the past several years. She received her Master's from the University of Phoenix.

Roger Myers

was recently re-elected as the President of the Stanwood-Camano School Board, where he has been serving since 2001.

Sarah Jensen

graduated in 2005, with a degree in special education and a K-8 endorsement, and is currently teaching sixth grade at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles, WA.

Sheryl Haynes

(B.A. Human Services '01) has been hired as a case manager for the Family Support Team program at Brigid Collins Family Support Center in Bellingham. , She worked for six years with the Opportunity Council and most recently in the Early Childhood Opportunities Northwest program in Nooksack.

Steve Clarke

(B.A.E. '85, M.Ed. '91), the principal of Bellingham High School, was interviewed as one of three finalists for National High School Principal of the Year and received a $1,500 grant for his school. , He was named 2005 Washington State Principal of the Year.

Steven Ruthford

(B.A. '98) recently received the Outstanding Young Educator in Washington State Award for his work at Sehome High School, where he's been teaching since 2000.

Susan P. Adams

(M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration '05), is Student Activities Coordinate for Campus Community Coalition, part of Western's Prevention and Wellness Services.