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New administrators take the reigns in CPSD

LAKEWOOD—This school year, several Clover Park School District (CPSD) employees are making career moves to a variety of schools and locations. In addition to familiar faces, some new administrators are beginning the year with the district.

Keith Rittel, deputy superintendent, Student Services Center

Keith Rittel comes to CPSD from Kamiak High School in the Mukilteo School District, where he was principal for four years. Rittel was also a principal at Anacortes High School for seven years. He got his start in education 24 years ago as a teacher in Victoria B.C. and has also been a teacher and assistant principal in Utah.

Rittel earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester and his teacher’s certification from the University of Victoria. He obtained a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Utah and completed a superintendent certification program from Western Washington University.

Paul Douglas, principal, Carter Lake Elementary School

Paul Douglas comes to CPSD from Olympic Middle School in Auburn School District, where he was principal. Prior to his current position, he was an assistant principal at Ferrucci Junior High in Puyallup School District, where he also served as an administrative intern at Ballou Junior High. Douglas has also worked as a summer school elementary principal and began his education career as a special education teacher.

Douglas earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and obtained his teaching certification from Pacific Lutheran University. He received his master’s degree in education administration from City University and will complete Seattle University’s superintendent certification program this month.

Charlotte Clouse, principal, Southgate Elementary School

Charlotte Clouse is the new principal of Southgate Elementary School. Before joining the Southgate team, she was principal of Carter Lake Elementary School. She has worked for the district for 13 years as a teacher, special education department chairperson, school programs director, reading coach and principal. She obtained her

bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Memphis State University and her master’s degrees in special education and administration/supervision from City University.

Robert “Eric” Richards, principal, Park Lodge Elementary School

Eric Richards has been the dean of students at Wildwood Elementary School in Federal Way Public Schools for two years, where he is also serving as the Summer Bridge Director. He has over 10 years of elementary teacher experience gained in Federal Way at Camelot and Green Gables Elementary Schools. Richards earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and his master’s degree in school administration from Central Washington University, where he also obtained his administrative credentials.

Debra Shanafelt, director of career and technical education, Student Services Center

Debra Shanafelt was most recently an assistant principal at Clover Park High School. Prior to joining the district, she was the dean of students and a science teacher at Gig Harbor High School. Shanafelt was a computer programmer before tackling the education field. She has Bachelor of Science from University of Idaho and a master’s in education from the Evergreen State College. She received her administrative credentials from the University of Puget Sound.

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