New principal chosen for Apollo Elementary

April 6, 2010

By Staff

Apollo Elementary School has a new principal who will take the helm this summer.

Susan Mundell will begin working at Apollo in July as Marla Erath goes to begin a new chapter at Newcastle Elementary School.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced Mundell’s hire in a letter that went to families March 26.

She is “a strong instructional leader who is eager to return to a school community she knows and loves,” he wrote.

Mundell has 21 years experience in elementary education — for 17 of those she was a classroom teacher at Maple Hills, Briarwood and Endeavour elementary schools.

She left the district in 2008 to pursue her passion for instruction as a math coach and principal intern at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in the Seattle School District. There, she took on projects that gathered data and research to propel all levels of students to greater achievements.

The student population at Thurgood Marshall mirrors that of Apollo, and also has similar learning goals and programs, including a gifted-student program and special-needs program, which will help her make a positive impact at Apollo, the letter said. In addition, her style as a principal is inclusive of all students and members of the faculty.

“We felt her overriding sense of moral responsibility for the work she does, but we also discovered that every day she finds the joy and fun in her job,” Rasmussen wrote. “Her heart truly is in elementary education.

“I have no doubts that Apollo will continue to grow and thrive under Principal Mundell’s leadership.”

Mundell will work closely with Erath as they make the transition this summer.

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