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.
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. It is a community that I have grown to love and am proud to call it my home. My driving goal is to see our school board vision become a reality for each child.
My adult working life has been 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 Bachelors degree in Business, a Bachelors degree in education, and a Masters degree 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 graduated with the class of 2017.
Meet Our Board of Directors
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 two sons who currently attend Woodland Public Schools. 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.”
Janice was raised in Woodland and attended Woodland schools. After graduating Woodland High School, she focused her attentions 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."
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 three children moved to the Woodland area a little more than two-and-a-half-years ago.
“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.”
Tammy Graham and her husband, Justin, have three children attending Woodland Public Schools with one at each school level – elementary (fourth grade), middle (sixth grade), and high school (ninth grade).
“I have such a heart for the kids in our community and have been an advocate to help make positive changes to benefit all of Woodland’s kids. After several people approached me about running, I spent months researching the position and realized, in the end, that serving on the board would be a natural fit for what I was already doing.”
Tom Guthrie and his wife have three children attending Woodland Public Schools - their oldest will graduate from Woodland High School with the Class of 2020 and their two youngest are both attending North Fork Elementary School: one in fourth grade and one in second grade.
“For me, if there’s a way for me to help our schools, I want to do it,” said Guthrie. “Woodland has excellent teachers, and if you have excellent teachers, your schools will offer the community’s children an excellent education.”
Our Student Representative
Camila Avelar is a Woodland High School student who participates in ASB, Choir Club and the Honor Society. She serves as the student representative to the Board of Directors.