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 Superintendent Paulette Johnson

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Press Release/Announcement  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Contact: Nikki Fowler, Business Manager

Knappa School District

503-458-5993, ext. 302 

Knappa School Board names Paulette M. Johnson as the next Superintendent

Wrapping up its search for a superintendent, the Knappa School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce Paulette M. Johnson as the district's next Superintendent effective July 1, 2016.  Johnson and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. 


“We’ve been working with Northwest Regional ESD for temporary superintendent services for the past few months, but wanted a longer term solution.  After interviews with numerous candidates and reference checking, we conducted a second round of interviews observed by several staff members.  Paulette Johnson emerged as the best fit to be our next Superintendent,” Board Chair Craig Weaver said. “We are very appreciative of the support and assistance given to us by Northwest Regional ESD and especially Paul Peterson while we were searching for a new superintendent.”


Currently, Johnson is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Federal and State Programs for the Sunnyside School District in Sunnyside, Washington serving approximately 7,000 students.  Previously, she was a Primary, Elementary and Middle School Principal in Rainier School District (Washington) with 800 students for 20 years.  She was also a K-6 principal for the John Day School District for 2 years before moving to Rainier.  Her teaching experience includes 11 years as an elementary teacher in the Hermiston School District and 4 years in Idaho. Over the past few years Johnson has also served as:


·         State Facilitator for the WA state teacher principal evaluation system


·         State Facilitator for 5D+ Instructional Framework for Teaching & Learning (WA)


·         Math Initiative Office in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (WA)


·         State trainer for instructional framework – University of Washington


·         Math standards trainer – ESD 113 (WA)


“I believe that educators should meet children where they are socially, emotionally and educationally.  We should teach the whole child and each child should be able to learn in a safe and secure environment,” Johnson said.  “As educators we have a sacred trust and we must do everything in our power to ensure that children are learning and growing.  I am thrilled about the opportunity to be the Knappa Superintendent. Together, we can be difference makers in the lives of the district’s children.  ”