By Reporter Staff
Lester “Flip” Herndon was chosen by the Tukwila School Board of Directors to be the new Interim Superintendent.
The decision came after the board interviewed three candidates in mid-October.
Herndon took over his new position on Nov. 1.
Herndon comes to Tukwila with more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education.
According to a media release, he has been a middle school teacher, high school track coach, elementary school principal and was the Superintendent in the Bremerton School District. He is joining Tukwila from the Seattle Public Schools where he is Associate Superintendent of Capital, Facilities and Enrollment Planning.
Herndon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Whitman College, a Master of Education Degree from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Washington, the release continued.
“I think Tukwila is an incredible community that is rich in diversity and is passionate about the education of their children. The opportunity to work with people who share that passion is always something I want to be a part of,” Herndon said in the release. “The challenge is how to help students sift through all that is available to them and prepare them to make good decisions and see their presence as a positive impact in the community.”
The school board hosted several sessions throughout the community gathering input from the public during the selection process.
“We are very excited to welcome (Herndon) into the Tukwila family. His expertise is a great fit for our current needs and we look forward to a successful and productive year under his very capable leadership,” said Tracy Russell, Tukwila School Board of Director president.
Herndon and his wife Suzanne have three boys attending public schools. In his spare time he likes to hike and go mountain climbing. He is an avid marathon runner and long distance cyclist.
Read more from Herndon on page 4.