Issaquah Valley says goodbye to principal

February 3, 2009

By Staff

Issaquah Valley Elementary School Principal Jennell Hawthorne will leave at the end of the school year.

She said she’s leaving the district, and the state, to get married and start a family this summer. “Please know that leaving Issaquah Valley at the end of this school year is such a hard decision,” Hawthorne wrote in a letter to the community. “This is a special place where teachers, parents and community members join together to focus on a single goal: helping all children succeed.”

Hawthorne has been principal at Issaquah Valley for three years and “has been an advocate for the many diverse students with their many diverse learning needs,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in a letter to the community.

Issaquah School District officials are asking for help in determining search criteria for candidates.

Because of Hawthorne’s background in elementary, special and alternative education, community input will play a significant role in determining who is hired, according to Rasmussen.

Parents and staff members can take an online survey to voice their opinions about characteristics and traits they’d like to see in the new principal until 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

Candidate applications are due Feb. 13. An interview team, made up of parents and staff members, will interview candidates in late February. That team will make a recommendation to Rasmussen.

Rasmussen said he hopes to announce the hiring of a new principal by mid-March.

Take the survey Go to ivepta.org then scroll down to “Principal Survey.”

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