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Foster High School gets two new vice principals
Foster High School this year has two new assistant principals, Laurie Clark and Clinton Long.
They're joining new Foster Principal Pat Larson as the new leadership team for the high school.
One of last year's vice principals, Glenda Morgan, is now assistant principal supporting all elementary schools in the Tukwila School District.
Daryl Wright was reassigned from his duties as a Foster vice principal to a teaching position at Cascade View Elementary School. However, he is currently on paid leave.
Also joining the district's executive team are Faye Chess, executive director of human resources; Martin Turney, executive director of finance and operations; JoAnne Fabian, director of assessment, and Sara Niegowski, director of communication.
The district's new superintendent, Nancy Coogan, started work this summer.
Here is a rundown of the new administrators, provided by the school district:
• Laurie Clark, assistant principal, Foster High: Laurie is in her 23rd year in education. She has previously served as a middle-school teacher, assistant principal and alternative-education administrator in California and Washington schools, including in Federal Way Public Schools and Everest College. Her focus has often been on at-risk youth, and she won her region’s Administrator of the Year Award in 2007 for forging community support to create pathways for student success. She says she came to Tukwila because it reflects the diversity that she values and enjoys working with. Her must-read books for students: "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman.
• Clinton Long, assistant principal, Foster High: Clinton is a numbers guy, having taught math for almost a decade in California and Mount Rainier High School in the Highline School District. While in Highline, he actively worked in leadership roles, framing and adopting math curriculum for the district and representing teachers at the education association’s state and national levels. He is excited to serve Foster students, who bring both the culture of the world and a small community to their school. His must-read book for students: “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
• Faye Chess, executive director of human resources: Faye’s experience in human resources spans serving as a consultant for Providence Health Services and a senior adviser/business partner manager for Swedish Medical Center. In education, she was deputy general counsel for Seattle School District for 10 years. She earned a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, and she has served in legal capacities for the Public Defender Association and Seattle Housing Authority. Faye has also been a Judge Pro Tempore in King County District Court. Her must-read book for students: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
• Martin Turney, executive director of finance and operations: Martin Turney served as the director of finance for the Issaquah School District prior to coming to Tukwila. He was responsible for the finance, purchasing, and food-service departments. He has also spent several years with the Washington State Auditor's Office, where he audited school districts and various other government organizations. Martin has an MBA from Gonzaga University, is a Certified School Business Administrator and Certified Government Financial Manager, and recently completed the School Business Leadership Certification Program at the University of Washington. His must-read book for students: “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
• Dr. JoAnne Fabian, director of assessment: This is JoAnne’s 25th year in education, ranging from and English teacher to building principal. In 2005, she became Everett’s director of District Improvement and On Time Graduation, and she worked with schools to increase the graduation rate from 58 percent to 90 percent in six years. She also oversaw AVID in Everett as well as the district’s learning management system for the previous two years. Her must-read book for students: “The Book Thief” by Gary Zuzak.
• Sara Niegowski, director of communication: Sara comes to Tukwila after serving seven years in the Issaquah School District as executive director of communications. She recently completed her graduate degree in Digital Media Communications from the University of Washington, and her capstone project —spending a year filming the journey of an immigrant student in one of her high schools – was featured in an industry showcase. She previously worked as a print journalist. Her must-read book for students: “The Best American Nonrequired Reading,” any year, edited by Dave Eggers.