Subject to Board of Directors’ approval, Steilacoom Historical School District #1 announces the recommendation for hire of Andre Stout as the new principal of Pioneer Middle School located in DuPont.
“I am excited about joining the Pioneer Middle School staff, its students and community as the school’s new principal. I look forward to helping a school that is doing well become one of the select, top schools in Washington state,” said Mr. Stout.
Andre has served for the past two years as assistant principal and athletic director at Steilacoom High School. Prior to coming to Steilacoom Historical School District #1, he taught Language Arts at Drum Intermediate School in the University Place School District.
Before going into a career in education, Mr. Stout worked as a youth basketball coach.
After teaching for a number of years, Andre Stout determined that he wanted to become a school administrator. He continued his education at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Washington – Tacoma, where he earned his Master’s in Education/Professional Teacher Certification/Administrator Credentials in 2009.
Andre is also credited with designing and implementing a reading fluency program that has been adopted by the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Mr. Stout was recently featured in an article in the spring 2011 edition of Principal News, the Washington Association of School Principals’ journal. The article, “The Phoenix Club,” focuses on a mentoring program he began at Steilacoom High School for “turnaround students.” In the program, teachers and other staff members closely follow the progress of identified students and assist them during their high school careers. With this special attention, the program shifts the balance of interactions with these students to one where school officials assume the role of advocates and not enemies.
“Mr. Stout has a solid record of making a positive impact in schools as he truly cares for his students and staff. He understands what constitutes good instruction and about high standards necessary for student achievement,” said Ms. Kathi Weight, the district’s Executive Director of Student Achievement.