Starting this fall, Shuksan Middle School will have a new administrative team leading the school, but at least one face will be familiar to families and students.
Bellingham School District officials selected Spokane-area assistant principal Jay Jordan to be principal of the school, with assistant principals Janae Hodge and John Heritage joining him. The positions are effective July 1.
Jordan is replacing principal Andy Mark, who is leaving the school after five years. Jordan is currently the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, a school with a large and diverse student population. He has been at the school since 2008, focusing on staff development and collaboration, the English Language Learners students and community outreach. Jordan also held a similar position at Havermale High School in Spokane, and taught English and history at two other Washington State high schools.
He has his bachelor’s degree and principal’s certificate from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in educational technology from City University.
Hodge has been temporarily working as an assistant principal at Shuksan this school year, as well as a district instructional technology teacher on special assignment. She is fluent in Spanish, and taught the language at several schools since 1992, including Sehome High and Fairhaven Middle schools and Shorewood High School in Seattle. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Pacific Lutheran University, and a master’s degree and principal’s certificate from Western Washington University.
Heritage is replacing Tracy Martinez, who is moving to an assistant principal position at Squalicum High School. He has been principal of Geneva Elementary School since 2001. Before that, he taught at Silver Ridge Elementary and Cougar Valley Elementary schools in Silverdale. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree from City University and administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University.
Due to the size of the Latino community at the school, there was a temporary Latino outreach staff position this school year. To continue the progress made with connecting the community to the school, there will soon be a job posted for Special Assistant to the Superintendent on Family Engagement, with an emphasis on reaching-out to the Latino community. That job would provide on-site assistance at Shuksan, as well as district-level support.