Cascade Ridge Elementary School gets new principal
May 25, 2010
Issaquah School District officials announced May 6 that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.
Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a teacher for the gifted program at Apollo Elementary School.
Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.
Fowler has worked in the district for six years. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from there as well.
In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.
Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in a letter to the community that it was clear from community survey responses that the next Cascade Ridge principal should be a person who builds relationships through honesty, openness and approachability. The next principal also needed to remain committed to helping every student succeed while retaining a unique sense of community, he wrote.
“It’s a tall order — justifiably so — and I believe I have found a match in Principal Fowler,” Rasmussen said. “For the past six years, Principal Fowler has shown tremendous instructional leadership in the Issaquah School District.”
Shields will help Fowler transition into her new role at Cascade Ridge in the coming months.