Leadership appointments made at Seattle Schools

No principal yet for Lawton Elementary

Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, has announced leadership appointments for the 2010-2011 school year that include three executive directors of schools, four elementary school principals and three high school principals.
The executive directors of schools will oversee a regional cluster of prekindergarten-grade 12 schools, providing support, supervision and evaluation of principals.
The leadership structure is designed to play a key role in administering the new student assignment plan and its elementary-middle school feeder pattern, and in strengthening the administration of programs and services across grade levels. Those appointed include Phil Brockman, current principal of Ballard High School.
Brockman has been a teacher and administrator at Seattle Public Schools for nearly 30 years, starting out as a math and physical education teacher at Rainier Beach High School in 1983. He served as an assistant principal at Madison Middle School from 1992-1997, as principal of McClure Middle School from 1997-2000, and as principal of West Seattle High School from 2000-2004 before returning to his alma mater, Ballard High School, where he has been principal for the past five years.
In 2009, Brockman received the Alliance for Education's Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence for outstanding leadership. Brockman also served as interim director of high schools from February-August 2007.
Other appointments include Keven Wynkoop as principal at Ballard High School.
Wynkoop is a third-generation Ballard High School graduate (class of 1994) who has worked at BHS for his entire professional career. He taught U.S. history, world history and advanced-placement government from 1999-2005, and has been an assistant principal at Ballard since 2005.
Wynkoop also served as the school's activities coordinator from 2002-2007. He received a bachelor of arts in education - social studies from Pacific Lutheran University and a master of educational administration from Western Washington University.
Also newly appointed is Stacey "Tate" Loftin as new principal for Coe Elementary. Loftin comes to Coe from the Edmonds School District, where she worked as an instructional intervention specialist. She served her principal internships at Maplewood K-8 in Edmonds and Dearborn Park Elementary School in Seattle, and also completed an administrative internship in the Edmonds School District. She also served an elementary teacher and physical education instructor in the Northshore School District. Loftin's professional preparation includes a bachelor of arts degree in Norwegian and a minor in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University, and a masters in educational administration from the University of Washington. She replaces current Coe principal David Elliott, who will be the new principal at Queen Anne Elementary next year.
Goodloe-Johnson is still looking for a principal for Lawton Elementary School to replace Beverly Raines who is retiring this year. That appointment should come in the next two weeks or so. Raines came on last year but has been beset by family health matters and legal issues. She was suing the school district for sexism and ageism. But earlier this year she announced her retirement.
For most of the year, Lawton has been lead by interim principal Kathy Bledsoe, a former principal at McClure Middle School and Catharine Blaine K-8. Bledsoe will not be taking on the interim position come September.
At the Center School in Seattle Center, new principal Oksana Britsova is settling in.
And in West Seattle, former McClure Middlce School teacher, Ruth Medsker has been appointed interim principal at West Seattle High School.
For the past five years, Medsker has served as an education director for Seattle Public Schools, during which time she directly supervised nine middle schools and 10 K-8 schools in the district. Prior to that time, she was principal and assistant principal at Seattle's Mercer Middle School. In 2004, Medsker received the Alliance for Education's Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence for outstanding leadership. Her teaching experience includes work as a math, reading, health and special education-resource teacher at Whitman Middle School and as a special education-emotional behavior disabilities teacher at McClure Middle School.
She received a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in education from Washington State University and a master of school administration from Western Washington University. She replaces current principal Bruce Bivins, who has resigned to take a position in California.[[In-content Ad]]