College of Education Alumni to Lead Schools

2011-09-30
By Paula Hermann
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Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

A new academic year is in session for Puget Sound area schools and 20 alumni of Seattle University’s College of Education are in leadership positions. They’ve been selected and placed in public, private and technical schools in the Northwest, California and Russia.

Among the high school appointees is Steve Schmutz, the new principal at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue. He and his assistant principal, Matt Eisenhauer, earned their principal certification through SU earlier this year and will receive ongoing mentoring and support from veteran principals who are coaches in the college’s Program for New Principals.

Four other SU alumni have also been selected as principals in local schools. Brad Brown (’11, superintendent certificate) is the new principal at First Creek Middle School in Tacoma, and Sue Kleitsch (’01, EDAD) is the principal at Whitman Middle School in Seattle. Amy Montanye-Johnson, a 1999 Counseling alumna, is the principal at Twin Rivers School, an alternative school for grades 6-12 in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Current EDAD student Monica Wingard assumed principal duties at St. George Parish School, serving students in PreK-8 in Seattle’s Beacon Hill/Georgetown neighborhood. Jane Egashira, a 1984 MIT alumna who completed the principal certification in 2010, is not the principal of Sacramento Valley Charter School in California’s capital.

Elementary school principals include: Erika Ayler, M.Ed., (’07, EDAD), Daniel Bagley Elementary in Seattle; Kate Baehr, Ed.D., (’06, EDAD), Larrabee Elementary School in Bellingham; Jessica Calabrese, M.Ed., (’08, EDAD), Lake Ridge Elementary in Renton; Tamra Prince, M.Ed., (’07, EDAD), Maplewood Heights Elementary in Renton.

Many 2011 EDAD graduates have accepted assistant principal positions this academic year including: Chuck Bocian (Blanchet High School - Seattle), Jennifer Christenson, M.Ed. (Narrows View Intermediate School – University Place), Tiffany Hylton, Ed.S., (Decatur High School), Amber Jenkins (Franklin High School - Seattle), Heidi Riegsecker, M.Ed. (McKnight Middle School - Renton) and Robyn Wiens (Cascade Middle School – Highline).

Mark Roschy, who received his superintendent certificate in 2011, will serve as Director of Human Resources & Career/Technical Education on Mercer Island, and Treena Sterk, a current EDAD student, is the new program director at the Seattle Homeschool Resource Center.

2010 Superintendent Certification recipient Jon Zurfluh, has taken the reins as director of the Anglo-American School of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The international school serves 1,400 students in grades PK-12, primarily expatriate families living in Moscow, representing more than 60 countries.