Issaquah School District schools welcome new principals

July 10, 2012

By Staff

The Issaquah School District is welcoming several new faces this month.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen recently announced the arrival of three new principals. Starting July 1, Michael Schiehser took over at Tiger Mountain Community High School, Tod Wood started at Clark Elementary School and Stacy Cho took the helm at Beaver Lake Middle School.

Schiehser began his career teaching high school science in Southern California and is a national board certified teacher. He joined the Mercer Island School District in 2005 as an associate principal at Mercer Island High School.

He has also served as the director of instruction and assessment and secondary learning support, before moving to his current position as director of teaching and learning, which includes the responsibility of serving as the primary instructional leader at Mercer Island High School.

“I want to lead a connected, supportive and engaging school learning community to prepare all students to thrive in the 21st century,” he said in a prepared statement sent out by Rasmussen. “I am very excited about this opportunity to become Tiger Mountain Community High School’s new principal.”

As the principal of Green Gables Elementary School in Federal Way, Wood spent his first ten years in education teaching in elementary classrooms. As an educational consultant and teacher trainer, Wood spent eight years in Guatemala developing educational programs for an international school. During his time there, he became fluent in Spanish.

Wood earned his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, his Master’s of Education in curriculum and instruction from Eastern Washington University, and his Doctorate of administrator leadership for teaching and learning from Walden University in Maryland.

“I strive every day to empower all children to maximize their personal, creative and academic potential while achieving the diverse skills and high standards necessary for success in today’s global society,” he said during his interview with the Issaquah School District. “I strongly support purposeful collaboration among classroom teachers seeking to promote and inspire student learning in new and creative ways. I eagerly anticipate and welcome the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families as an educational leader at Clark Elementary School.”

A national board certified teacher with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Emory University, Cho spent eight years teaching high school and middle school math. For the past four years, she has been a junior high school assistant principal in the Northshore School District.

Rasmussen wrote in a prepared statement that during her time as an administrator, Cho has been “an excellent instructional leader, guiding staff in many professional development opportunities that included learning about the teenage brain.”

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