Clover Park School District welcomes six administrators—some new to the district and some familiar faces—who began their positions July 1. They include Taj Jensen, Harjeet Sandhu-Fuller, David Paul, Debra Shanafelt, Angela Wolfe, and Josh Zarling. See below for more information.
Taj Jensen, principal, Tillicum Elementary School
Taj Jensen comes to Clover Park from Onalaska School District where he was the principal of Onalaska Elementary School and the Title I director for two years. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal at an elementary school in Spokane. Jensen is an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix and has also served as a teacher in Steilacoom School District. Jensen, who is originally from the Lakewood area, earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and his teacher’s certification from the University of Redlands in California and a master’s degree in education in leadership from City University. Jensen replaces interim principal Diana Dix, who is the assistant principal at Evergreen Elementary School.
Harjeet Sandhu-Fuller, principal, Hillside Elementary School
Harjeet Sandhu-Fuller was the principal of Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma School District for seven years before returning to Clover Park. Sandhu-Fuller is a former member of Lakes High School’s administrative team, where she served as an assistant principal and dean of students. She was also an interim principal at Woodbrook Middle School. Sandhu-Fuller is an adjunct professor at Antioch University and was a middle school ESL teacher and youth program coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a teaching certificate from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Puget Sound. Sandhu-Fuller replaces principal Don McPherson, who is retiring.
David Paul, assistant principal, Hudtloff Middle School
David Paul is the new assistant principal at Hudtloff Middle School. Most recently, Paul was the principal of Alternatives for Individuals High School, where he worked since 2003. Prior to that, Paul worked with the North Seattle Community College American Indian Heritage program. He has been an educator and administrator for more than 25 years and earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. Paul replaces assistant principal Josh Zarling, who is the new principal of Beachwood Elementary School.
Debra Shanafelt, director of career and technical education and principal of Alternatives for Individuals High School
In addition to her role as director of career and technical education, Debra Shanafelt is the newly appointed principal of Alternatives for Individuals High School and online learning. The 2009-10 school year will be a planning year as Shanafelt takes the lead in the development of a new alternative learning program based on the recommendations of a districtwide task force. Shanafelt was most recently the director of career and technical education and secondary initiatives. From 2005 to 2008 Shanafelt was 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 the 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. Shanafelt replaces principal David Paul, who is the new assistant principal of Hudtloff Middle School.
Angela Wolfe, principal Greenwood Elementary School
Angela Wolfe comes to Greenwood from the Bethel School District, where she was most recently the dean of students at Clover Creek Elementary School. Prior to that, Wolfe was a middle school assistant principal in Kent School District. She is an adjunct professor at Tacoma Community College and earned a Bachelor of Science and a master’s in teaching from the University of Puget Sound. She earned her principal credentials at Pacific Lutheran University. Wolfe replaces principal Rose Miller, who is retiring.
Josh Zarling, principal, Beachwood Elementary School
Josh Zarling was the assistant principal of Hudtloff Middle School before becoming principal of Beachwood. He came to the district in 2007 from Bainbridge Island School District where he was a high school teacher and an administrative intern. Zarling got his start in education as a high school teacher in California. He is a graduate of Clover Park School District and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Washington University, where he also obtained his administrative credentials. Zarling replaces principal Tom Prentice, who is retiring.