Maple Hills Elementary gets new principal

July 5, 2011

By Laura Geggel

A new Eagle has landed at Maple Hills Elementary School.

Sondra Maier, an elementary school teacher in the Federal Way School District, will take the reins as principal of the school in July.

Former Maple Hills Principal Monique Beane announced in June that she would move to Pacific Cascade Middle School, where she would work as assistant principal.

Shortly after Beane’s departure, Issaquah School District administrators began the search for her replacement. Parents filled out surveys online, indicating their preference for a principal who promoted transparency, collaboration and high standards, according to an email Superintendent Steve Rasmussen sent to parents June 29.

“I believe we have found those qualities — in abundance — in Ms. Maier,” he wrote.

Maier has taught as an elementary school teacher for almost two decades, and has earned her principal credential.

This past year, she worked as dean of students at Wildwood Elementary School in the Federal Way School District, with duties including creating professional development for teachers, taking care of student discipline and counseling.

Wildwood’s Principal Michael Swartz could not say enough good things about her.

“Sandra just has a wonderful way. She listens to kids,” he said. “Kids, parents, teachers and other staff members really trust her, believe in her. They know that she cares about them.

“Kids wants to do the right thing for her because they know her and respect her,” Swartz said. “Issaquah is getting a really good one.”

In Federal Way, Maier oversaw curriculum development and strategically analyzed data to support staff and students, helping them achieve more. She has also worked with a wide diversity of students and trained staff members how to meet those students’ needs.

Maier said she looked forward to working as Maple Hills principal.

“Being a part of an elementary student’s life, and having the opportunity of building the foundation for each child to develop and learn play a crucial role in shaping their lives for the future,” she said. “Not only do I get to see the growth and development of every student, but I also get to work in a setting that provides laughter and smiles during the working day.”

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