Maple Hills Elementary principal takes middle school post
June 6, 2011
By Laura Geggel
NEW — 5:45 p.m. June 6, 2011
Maple Hills Elementary School Principal Monique Beane has nurtured her school’s community since 2007, but this fall she has decided to move up to the middle school level.
In an email to parents Monday, Beane announced her move to Pacific Cascade Middle School, where she will work as assistant principal.
The current assistant principal, Condee Wood, has accepted a position with Washington Middle School in the Olympia School District.
When Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen learned of Wood’s move, he asked Beane if she would consider taking the Pacific Cascade position, she wrote in the email. Just as she taught her students at Maple Hills, Beane decided to take on a new challenge, she wrote.
“However, I am following an important life lesson that we try to teach all of our students: challenge and change are often necessary for growth and fresh perspectives,” she wrote.
Her career in education spans two states. Before working as principal at Maple Hills, she spent three years as assistant principal at Beaver Lake Middle School and 13 years teaching subjects, such as middle-school humanities in the Kent and Pasco school districts, and the Clovis Unified School District in California.
“It is difficult to find the words that express what a rich experience it has been to watch your children grow and progress in their education and personal lives,” Beane wrote. “We have learned together, worked together, and laughed together — so it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will leave here to become the assistant principal at Pacific Cascade Middle School next school year.”
Maple Hills, in the meantime, needs a new principal. Rasmussen will work with school staff and parents before choosing a new principal for the school by July, she wrote in the email.
Pacific Cascade Principal Dana Bailey said she looked forward to working with Beane, she wrote in a separate email Monday.
Beane “has a huge heart for middle-school education, and I have found her to be a strong, compassionate, energized leader during my time working with her in the Issaquah School District,” Bailey wrote.