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Leadership transitions for 2022-23 school year

There have been many leadership transitions for the 2022-23 school year. Please join us in welcoming our new employees, and congratulating those who transitioned into new positions.

Sunnycrest Elementary School
Michaela “Mikey” Trexel is the new principal of Sunnycrest Elementary School. Mikey comes to Lake Stevens from the Mukilteo School District. She has a robust background in elementary education, and has served as a paraeducator, special education teacher, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. 

Mikey replaces Dave Bartlow who retired this June.

North Lake Middle School
Sara Mack is the new associate principal at North Lake Middle School. She comes to Lake Stevens from Seattle Public Schools where she was a middle school administrator. Sara has a diverse background in  teaching, curriculum development and implementation, instructional coaching, and student activities and leadership. 

Sara replaces Will Kahn who transitioned to Snohomish School District.

Cavelero Mid High School

Dr. James Sellers is the new principal of Cavelero Mid High School. Sellers comes to Lake Stevens from Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas where he was an assistant principal. Sellers has more than seven years of educational leadership experience. He was also a high school college and career readiness facilitator and a district-level instructional design facilitator. Before entering administration, Sellers taught high school English Language Arts and was the department chair. He and his family are excited to become part of the Lake Stevens Community.

Tim Haines transitioned to a district administration position at Lakewood School District.

Associate Principal
Jerry Grisham has been selected as the new associate principal at Cavelero Mid High School. Jerry comes to Lake Stevens from Sedro-Woolley School District, where he was the Director of CTE and a high school assistant principal. He also has experience as a middle school teacher. 

Jerry replaces Tim Granger who transitioned to a middle school teaching position in order to spend more time with his family. 

Athletic Director & Dean of Students
Sydney Fee is the new Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Overall, Sydney has more than 17 years of secondary experience. Most recently, she was the Activities Director and Leadership Teacher at Bothell High School. She was also an interim associate principal at Leota Middle School during the most challenging moments fueled by the pandemic.  

Sydney replaces Billy Ojeda who transitioned to Lake Stevens Middle School as the new Dean of Students.

Office Professionals
Michelle VanWinkle is the new Registrar, replacing Tanya Perfect-Reading who retired in June. 

Jill Shipman is the new Attendance Secretary, replacing Michelle.

Megan Eidson is the new Receptionist, replacing Jill.

Lake Stevens High School

Associate Principal
Josh Roehl is the new Associate Principal at Lake Stevens High School, coming from Edmonds School District, where he was an assistant principal. Josh has more than eight years of leadership in secondary education, and was also a high school and middle school Spanish teacher and an activities director and ASB advisor.

Josh replaces Deb Hay who transitioned to a principal position with Snoqualmie Valley School District. 

Office Professionals
Lola Ledoux is the new Head Office Professional, replacing Joan Human who retired in June. 

Jodi Widmann is the new, temporary, Athletics Office Professional while Cathy Richardson is on leave for the 2022-23 school year. Jodi comes to LSHS from Cavelero Mid High School.

Victoria “Vicky” Francois, is the new administrator of HomeLink and ALE Coordinator. Vicky joins Lake Stevens from Everett Public Schools where she was an administrative intern and teacher at Emerson Elementary School. Francois has a wealth of experience, including:

  • Instructional leadership and mentoring; 
  • Leading staff in designing lessons and activities that are culturally responsive; 

  • Assisting with curriculum adoption and implementation; and

  • Redesigning and implementing a school wide PBIS program using discipline data to ensure social and emotional growth for all learners.

She was also a member of the culturally competent task force, which increased equity practices in partnership with human resources, amongst staff and students of color within Everett Public Schools.

Angela Menon, the former HomeLink administrator, transitioned to a position in the Northshore School District in order to be closer to home.

Elementary Deans of Students
Six elementary Deans of Students were hired for each of our elementary schools—with the exception of Hillcrest since they already have an associate principal. The Deans will partner with their building principals to provide overall leadership to the daily operations of the elementary school. The dean will oversee discipline and attendance, and serve as a liaison between students/families and administration while working with the school counselor(s), behavior paras and school staff. The dean positions are funded through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds.

  • Glenwood: Shannon Elliott, transitioning to Glenwood from Lake Stevens High School
  • Highland: Ben Cruz, joining LSSD from Edmonds School District
  • Mt. Pilchuck: Bethany Anderson, joining LSSD from Snohomish School District
  • Skyline: Katie Scott, joining LSSD from Riverview School District
  • Sunnycrest: Chanel West
  • Stevens Creek: Marie Chudnofsky

Secondary Deans of Students

  • Cavelero Mid High School: Jack Donley, joining LSSD from Marysville School District
  • Lake Stevens Middle School: Billy Ojeda, transitioning to LSMS from Cavelero Mid High School
  • North Lake Middle School: Kelly Goodmansen, joining LSSD from Everett Public Schools