As with many large organizations, retirements, promotions and family moves change the fabric of the workforce. This school year, several district employees are making career moves to a variety of schools. In addition to familiar faces, some new administrators are beginning the year with the district. The following are CPSD administrators and their new assignments:
Ron Banner is the principal of Southgate Elementary School. He was assistant principal at Woodbrook Middle School for the past three years. Prior to employment with the Clover Park School District, Banner was a teacher at Maple Lane for eight years, including summers where he taught all subjects and provided special education services.
Banner has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and received his administrative credentials from the University of Puget Sound.
Lisa Boyd is the principal of the 5-12 Learning Community. Boyd was formerly the principal of Greenwood Elementary School on Fort Lewis. Boyd has also worked as a teacher and administrative assistant at Hillside and Lakeview Elementary Schools. She is the wife of a retired U.S. Army senior noncommissioned officer and as a result had the opportunity to work as a teacher in various areas of the United States.
She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fayetteville State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Central Washington University.
Anthony Davis is the assistant principal at Woodbrook Middle School.
Davis was a dean of students and special education teacher at John Sedgwick Junior High in South Kitsap School District. He has been a special education teacher for 10 years. For five years, Davis was a paraeducator in Tacoma School District. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and a master’s in education from City University. Davis was a Fort Lewis soldier from 1986-1989.
Brian Laubach is the principal of Lakes High School. Formerly, he was a teacher, an administrative assistant and co-principal at Lakes High School. Additionally, he was the Coalition of Essential Schools coordinator at Lakes and developed a teacher assistance group known as the New Teacher Cohort.
Laubach has also been a chemistry instructor at both Olympic and Pierce Colleges.
He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pacific Lutheran University.
Ann Hamilton is the principal of Greenwood Elementary School.
Hamilton was formerly the principal of Lake City Elementary School and has worked as a teacher, administrative assistant and principal in district elementary schools since 1984. She is a life-long educator who began her teaching career in 1966. As the spouse of a retired U.S. Army officer, Hamilton had the opportunity to teach in New Mexico, Texas and Germany.
She earned a bachelor’s from Incarnate Word College and a master’s from Gonzaga University.
Deanna Keller is the principal of Park Lodge Elementary School.
Keller was formerly the principal at Woodland Elementary School in Puyallup School District (PSD) for the past eight years and has also been an assistant principal at Stahl Junior High School and music coordinator in the PSD. Her teaching experience includes Puyallup High School, Lakes High School, Federal Way High School and Idlewild Elementary School.
Keller holds a bachelor’s in education from Western Washington University and a master of music from Northwestern University. She earned her administrative certificate from City University.
Shavonne Lee is an assistant principal at Mann Middle School.
Previously she has worked as an assistant principal and administrative assistant at Lakes High School.
Lee has worked in Tacoma School District since 1996 most recently as an eighth grade history teacher at Gray Middle School. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in teaching from Evergreen State College. She earned her principal s certification at City University, where she also obtained her Guidance and Counseling ESA certificate. While teaching, Lee gained five years of administrative experience through supervisory and disciplinary roles.
Penny Melton is principal of Idlewild Elementary School. She was formerly the principal at Park Lodge Elementary.
Melton replaces Eric Molver who resigned his position to take a principal position with Puyallup School District.
Melton was Park Lodge principal for more than five years and has more than 35 years experience in education.
She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and education from the University of Washington; a master’s in early childhood education and a master’s in counseling from the University of Puget Sound.
Matthew Oberst is an assistant principal at Lakes High School.
Oberst was a dean of students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, Wash. His responsibilities included master schedule, technology and discipline for 600 students, attendance, data analysis, WASL testing, extra curricular supervision and more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
Barbara Tollefson is an assistant principal at Lakes High School.
Tollefson was the instructional facilitator at Clover Park High School. Additionally, she worked as a secondary math facilitator in Tacoma School District and she was an acting principal of Tacoma s high school readiness summer program.
Tollefson taught math at Stadium High School. She was a science teacher to junior high students in various area schools. Tollefson holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound and a master’s in education from University of Washington.
Nilsa Sotomayor is the principal of Hillside Elementary School. She was previously an assistant principal at Mann Middle School. She has more than 25 years experience in the education field. Prior to working at Mann she worked as a teacher and instructional facilitator at Clover Park High School.
As the wife of a career U.S. Air Force Officer, Sotomayor has taught, worked and lived in many venues in North and South America to include Puerto Rico.
She holds bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in Spanish from Mississippi State University. Sotomayor earned her administrative credentials from the University of Puget Sound.
Willie Stewart, Jr. is the administrative assistant at Lakes High School. Stewart has worked in the education field for nearly two decades. He has taught science, health and physical education (PE) and is a former PE department coordinator.
Additionally, Stewart is an award winning track coach who has led the Lakes High School team to several state titles.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and a master’s in education from Gonzaga University. He is working on his administrative credentials at City University.