The Woodland School District Board of Directors
The Woodland School District Board of Directors consists of five school board members, elected by ballot by the registered voters of the district. Except as otherwise provided by law, board members hold office for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. The terms of board members are staggered as provided by law.
The school board acts as the policy-making body of the district and is responsible and accountable for planning, policy, advocacy, and evaluation. Working within a framework of state and federal laws, the board provides direction for the district, approving policies, making financial decisions, determining building needs, and approving the budget. The board regularly reviews the progress of the district.
Meet Our Board of Directors
District #1Sarah Stuart
Sarah was raised in Woodland and graduated from Woodland’s schools. Following graduation, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Linfield College, worked as an RN for eight years, and is currently staying home to raise her young children.
She and her husband, Dan, have three children including a son who attends Woodland Primary School. Sarah loves the Woodland community and cares deeply about the education her children receive in Woodland schools.
“As our community grows in size and diversity, I look forward to seeking solutions to meet the needs of all the children in our community.”
District #2Janice Watts
Janice was raised in Woodland and attended Woodland schools. After graduating, she focused her attention to the banking field. Janice has now lived in Woodland for more than two decades. She and her husband currently have four children who have attended or are currently attending Woodland's schools.
"As a parent and member of the community, I remain very interested in our children's education in our fast-growing School District."
District #3Lesa Beuscher
Lesa chose to call Ariel/Woodland area home in 1992 after returning from Germany where her husband, Richard, was stationed with the U.S. Army. Lesa has been employed by the same Woodland business for 22 years.
Lesa and Richard have been married for 25 years and have two daughters: Alesha, a 2015 graduate of Woodland High School, and Katelyn, who currently attends WHS. Lesa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Western Washington University.
“It’s an exciting time for our district with the addition of the new high school, but I believe we may face challenges with the growing population. My board experience with Lewis River Little League, the Woodland Rotary and the Planters Days Committee will help me serve the school board with discernment, integrity and our students’ best interest in mind.”
District #4Matt Donald
Matt attended Woodland Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1999. He and his wife Kim have two children attending Woodland Schools. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology with an emphasis in early childhood education from Washington State University.
District #5Steve Madsen
Steve moved to Cowlitz County in 1969 when he was 5. He attended the Keslo School District for grades K-12. In 2006, he moved with his family to the Yale Valley. Steve has a 12-year-old daughter attending Woodland Middle School.
“My goal for the future of Woodland’s schools is to provide our kids with an educational experience that will prepare them for their future. In particular, I want to help maximize the value of the Career Center to provide all the resources possible to give our students clear direction for their professional lives following graduation.”
Our Student RepresentativeJamie Gonzalez
The Student Representative this year is Jamie Gonzalez. She is currently a senior actively looking into different colleges where she would like to major in Criminal Justice. She is also pursuing a summer internship at FBI headquarters. She enjoys being very busy and is currently enrolled in the Running Start program part-time while also serving in a youth group, participating in FFA, and coaching youth soccer.
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It is an honor to serve as superintendent of the Woodland Public Schools since 2007. Woodland has been a great place for my own children to grow and learn. My mission is to ensure that each student in our community has the opportunity to be educated and excel in their chosen endeavors.
I have worked in public schools continuously since 1985. I have taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Alaska, taught first-grade in the Puget Sound area, and served as principal of the largest elementary school in Edmonds/Lynnwood Washington. I have served as a school district assistant superintendent and superintendent since 1998.
I hold a Bachelors of Sciences in Business, a Bachelors of Arts in education, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership. I have completed extensive post-graduate education and hold a superintendent’s certificate.
I am married and together we are parents to two great kids. A daughter who graduated from Woodland High School in 2015 and a son who is in the class of 2017.