Skyline assistant principal to take the helm at Issaquah

May 22, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 5:40 p.m. May 22, 2013

Issaquah High School is staying within the district to hire its next principal, as Paula Phelps prepares to leave to become the executive director of high schools.

Andrea McCormick, Skyline High School’s assistant principal, will make the move to Issaquah beginning July 1, according to an email sent to Issaquah High School families.

The new Issaquah principal was described as a top leader who “communicates well and often,” in the email signed by Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and incoming Superintendent Ron Thiele.

“She has proven to be unwaveringly focused on the personal achievement of every student, from those who are struggling to those who are excelling and everywhere in between,” they wrote.

McCormick sat before a panel that included Issaquah staff, students and parents, unequivocally emerging as the top choice.

Before her time at Skyline, McCormick worked in the Kent School District as a member of the administrative team, an activities coordinator, a learning intervention specialist and an honors English teacher.

McCormick is expected to work closely with Phelps in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

Phelps announced in April that she would leave her post at the end of the school year to become the district’s executive director of high schools.

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