Challenger Elementary School gets new principal
March 23, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Challenger Elementary School has a new principal. Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced in a letter to the district that Clark Elementary School Principal Sue McPeak will replace outgoing Principal Robin Earl.
District officials chose McPeak, who has served at Clark for nine years, after considering public feedback and conversations with district administrators, the letter said.
“Principal McPeak actively engages and supports staff in schoolwide instructional strategies that target high-achievers, strugglers and every child in between,” Rasmussen wrote. “These efforts have paid off in subjects like science, where students have made significant gains.”
McPeak is known throughout the district for her expertise in special education and her proactive and passionate approach to working with students and staff, Rasmussen wrote.
“She truly enjoys interacting with students, staff, and parents,” he wrote, “and she is naturally able to galvanize entire communities around the most important thing: students and their education.”
McPeak sited various reasons for her decision to change schools. But her main reasoning was professional growth and the rejuvenation that comes with change.
“I need to go on to a new phase and a new challenge for myself,” she said. “Change is always really hard, but you know when it’s time to branch out a little bit.”
She said she looks forward to the talked-about sense of community at Challenger.
“It’s such a community school, and that’s what I’m all about,” she said.
Throughout the remainder of the school year, McPeak will work on the transition with Earl, who will become the planning principal of E-15, a future elementary school in Sammamish.