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.
It is with mixed emotions that I am retiring from Woodland Public Schools at the end of June 2024. Woodland Public Schools has been my professional home for seventeen years. It has been a great place for my own children to grow and learn. It is a community that I have grown to love and make my home. My driving goal throughout my tenure has been to see our school board's vision become a reality for each child.
I am deeply committed to public education. I am passionate about the purpose, mission, and work of public schools as a pillar of our democracy. I have taught in a one-room schoolhouse in a remote Alaskan village, taught first grade in the Puget Sound area, and served as an elementary principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Business, and another in education. A Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and. I have completed extensive post-graduate education and hold a superintendent’s certificate.
I am married and together we are parents to two successful adult children, both graduates of Woodland High School. We are also the grandparents of one (highly gifted) future Beaver.
Sarah was raised in Woodland, attended Woodland schools K-12, and graduated in 2000. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Linfield College. Sarah and her husband have four children in Woodland Public Schools - one at Columbia Elementary, two at Woodland Middle School, and one at Woodland High School. "I have a passion for providing each and every child in our community the opportunity to receive an excellent education in a caring environment, preparing them for whatever their future might hold," she said. Additionally, Sarah has volunteered for thousands of hours in Woodland's schools in various capacities including serving in the classroom, at school events, in the FCA club for WMS students, and as a school board director for the past 8 years.
"It has been such a privilege to work alongside our wonderful educators with the goal of improving student achievement and well-being. I’ve worked hard, made thoughtful decisions after seeking input from various diverse voices, and have been an encouraging team player, always looking toward what’s best for kids. I promise to continue in this manner, making fiscally responsible, informed, decisions for the good of all children."
Janice Watts, Board President. (Retiring from Board Service Effective 12/14/2023)firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice was raised in Woodland and attended Woodland schools. After graduating from Woodland High School, she focused her attention on raising a family and working to the banking field. Currently. she is the owner and operator of a local business. Janice and her husband currently have four children who have all graduated from 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."
Paul McLendon, Incoming Director, beginning board service effective 12/14/2023)email@example.com
Paul McLendon was born and raised in Woodland, attending preschool in the Presbyterian Church and spending his K-12 academic career in Woodland Public Schools. He lives in Woodland with his wife who is also a Woodland native. “I love everything about Woodland, especially seeing my classmates around town,” said McLendon. “I enjoy attending sports events that my grandchildren and the grandchildren of my old classmates participate in.”
McLendon chose to become a Board Director from his love of children, “I want to help ensure all students have a great school experience while getting a top-level education.” His goals also include: ensuring staff and students have the proper curriculum for educational success; help recruit and keep good educators and administrators; and to maintain open communications between the administrative team and the public.
Jeff Wray, Board Vice-Presidentjeff.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Wray attended and graduated from the Kennewick School District in Kennewick, Washington. After high school, he focused on his career before later earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Washington State University. Wray’s family, his wife and two children moved to the Woodland area in 2017
“I want a way to give back to the Woodland, a community that welcomed me with open arms. I love and appreciate the small-town feel Woodland offers and serving on the school board seemed like a good fit with my skill set.”
Trish Huddleston attended and graduated from Camas School District in Camas, Washington. After high school, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona.
She lives in Woodland with her two children, Devon, who attends Woodland High School, and Sierra, who is currently homeschooled in fifth grade, along with her partner, Derek, and their pets: four sugar gliders, two Dwarf Chinese hamsters, and three cats. Trish moved to Woodland in 2020 and loves the small-town community.
“Education is the future of our country, and our kids are the leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to ensuring Woodland Public Schools continues its mission of ‘serving and supporting ALL children, ensuring EACH child has FULL access to, is engaged in, and obtains an excellent education that prepares them for responsible citizenship and a future of adaptability and success in life and their chosen endeavors.’”
Tom Guthrie and his wife, Kari, moved to Woodland in 2004. Their oldest daughter graduated from Woodland with the class of 2020 and their two younger daughters both attend Woodland Middle School.
"For me and my family, we love the Woodland community. Woodland has excellent teachers that really want to see their students succeed, not just with an education, but in life. Therefore, if there's anyway that I can help our kids, I want to do it."
Cody Krieger Cody Krieger is a dedicated student-athlete, passionate about both cross country and track while also starting to explore archery, as well.
“Being a school board representative is a great way for me to represent my school and my community, giving me the opportunity to grow my communication and leadership skills,” he said. “I desire to make an impact in the community where I live and attend school, and I believe the experiences I will have will help me understand the education system and empower me to take what I’ve learned to apply them to all of my future endeavors.”
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