Dr. Catherine L. Davidson, Interim Superintendent for Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1, was formally introduced to the District on May 13.
“I am honored to be the bridge between Dr. Himmler’s fine leadership and the selection of the district’s next superintendent,” said Dr. Davidson.
The former Chief of Staff at the State Office of Public Instruction, Dr. Davidson was selected by SHSD’s School Board to head the district while it conducts a search for a permanent superintendent.
Dr. Davidson was chosen by the school board to serve the oldest school district in the county for the 2009-10 school year. The board approved a one-year contract of $135,000. Dr. Arthur Himmler, the District’s long-time Superintendent, resigned this past March to become the Superintendent at Omak School District. He is the fifth superintendent to guide the 150+ year old district.
Dr. Davidson officially begins her interim role on May 18.
Most recently serving as Chief of Staff for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, her experience ranges from guiding the development of state policy to the administration of the day to day operations of the state’s K-12 education agency.
She also has been the state’s Assistant Superintendent for Professional Development, as well as Superintendent at Central Kitsap School District, and principal at Tahoma Senior High School in Maple Valley, WA .
Her educational experience includes serving as Associate Principal at Juanita High School in the Lake Washington School District, and as Assistant Principal at Kentwood High School in the Kent School District.
Dr. Davidson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Business Education from Western Washington University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, followed by her Principal’s Credential, both from WWU.
In 1988 she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University, followed by her Superintendent’s Credential, also from SU, in 1992.
Dr. Davidson and her husband, Kevin Ferguson, reside in Olympia, daughter Kayla lives and works in Amman Jordon and son Kyle Ferguson will be a senior at the US Naval Academy this fall.
“I believe our schools must be vibrant centers within their communities, actively engaging individuals and community groups in the ever-changing educational process,” said Dr. Davidson.
“As educators, I believe we must dedicate ourselves to the creative learning process, modeling for our students our passion and discipline for a lifetime of learning. Now more than ever before, I believe we…must earnestly strive to enrich the lives of all learners by moving beyond previous expectations and current conditions. We must develop structures and systems that allow all learners to move smoothly and productively through our complex and changing world. We must meet the challenges of the 21st century by preparing all students with exceptional educational experiences.”
“I am looking forward to meeting and working with the district’s staff and the community,” she added.