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Dr. Templeton selected as Lake Stevens School District’s next superintendent

April 19, 2024

The Lake Stevens School District (LSSD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dr. Mary Templeton as the new Superintendent, effective this July.

Dr. Templeton brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having dedicated the past 30 years enhancing student achievement in both large and small school districts. Her strategic approach to instructional leadership, and her commitment to authentic engagement have yielded transformative results. Dr. Templeton’s role as superintendent of Washougal School District showcased her ability to lead educational initiatives and to collaborate effectively with students, employees, families, community stakeholders—including educational policy makers and legislators.

Our new superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton

Dr. Mary Templeton

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Templeton to our district. Mari Taylor

Dr. Templeton began her educational career in the classroom—teaching high school German, English and drama for 15 years. She then served as a dean of students and an assistant principal before leading the Human Resources Department in Spokane Public Schools. For the past six years, Dr. Templeton has been the superintendent of Washougal School District in southwest Washington.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Templeton to our district," said Mari Taylor, president of the LSSD Board of Directors. "Her proven track record of fostering academic excellence, and her commitment to harnessing student voice, and deepening engagement align with our Foundation for Excellence and the strategic goals we have set for our future."

The unanimous selection of Dr. Templeton follows a comprehensive search process by the board of directors, district employees, students, families and community representatives. Participants attended focus groups and interviews—both in-person and virtually—and provided rich and valuable feedback through nearly 400 digital and paper feedback forms.

“Among a pool of highly qualified candidates, Dr. Templeton truly stood out,” said Taylor. “Her visionary leadership, unwavering passion for education, and exceptional skill in building relationships set her apart. Dr. Templeton is not only eager to lead our district, but is deeply committed to becoming an integral part of our community.”

Three finalists visited the district this week to engage with students and employees, tour buildings, and talk with families and community members in an evening forum.

As superintendent, Dr. Templeton will oversee the daily operations of LSSD, including management of its $176 million budget; more than 9,400 students; 1,200 employees; 11 schools; and numerous special programs and partnerships. She will officially begin her new role on July 1, 2024, following the retirement of Dr. Ken Collins, who served the district in a variety of capacities for the past 34 years.

“Ken’s extraordinary leadership and advocacy for our students, employees and families has been pivotal,” said Taylor. “Throughout his tenure, he has overseen notable academic growth, and dedicated himself to creating inclusive, safe and supportive school environments. We are immensely thankful for his unwavering commitment to educational excellence and wish him the very best in his retirement."

Dr. Templeton is excited to join our LSSD community, and opportunities to engage with her will be available this fall.

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