Chimacum School District selects Brian MacKenzie as the new High School Principal.
The Chimacum School District is pleased to announce that current High School Assistant Principal Brian MacKenzie was selected to replace Dr. Whitney Meissner as the Principal of CHS.
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We are pleased to announce that the Chimacum School District has selected Jason Lynch as the new Elementary School Principal.
A Letter from Jason
I grew up in Redmond, Oregon in the Central Oregon high desert. When I lived there it was a small rural community much like Port Hadlock or Port Townsend only without so much water and rain. After earning my undergraduate at Eastern Washington University on the other side of the state, I moved to the Seattle area to teach in the Northshore School District. There, I met my wife and after five years or so we both felt a longing to return to a smaller community much like we grew up in. After a visit to this community we both fell in love with the area. We have lived on the Quimper Peninsula for fourteen years and my family now feels deeply connected to the communities of Jefferson County. I spent five years teaching for the Port Angeles School District and the last eight years teaching in Port Townsend at Mountain View, Blue Heron and Grant Street schools. My wife and I live in Port Townsend with our eight and six year-old daughters.
As an educator, I feel compelled to have a broader impact on the students we serve. Working together with teachers, parents, and the greater community we have the opportunity to empower our youngest community members to a more successful future for themselves and generations to come.
Principals are in a unique position to lead teachers in closing the achievement gap; to support teachers in instructional development; and cultivate a positive school culture where each student, teacher, and parent feels valued. Building positive relationships with teachers, students, parents, and community members is the foundation of school and student success. As principal at Chimacum Elementary, I will build on these relationships as an important step toward building a collective efficacy where all teachers and staff believe that they can positively impact student achievement.
During my eighteen years as an elementary teacher, I have had a wide range of teaching experiences in seven schools and three districts. Every school has its own culture, unique attributes, needs, and areas of growth. I was drawn to Chimacum Elementary not only because they needed a principal, but because there is a vibrant and talented staff working hard to impact student learning. I visited the school and found it to be positive and I could tell that the staff cares deeply about children. I plan on taking the time to understand the school culture at Chimacum Elementary, building positive relationships with kids and adults, focusing on increasing student achievement, and having fun in the process.
I feel fortunate to have had a fabulous principal internship experience at Grant Street Elementary and to have had the opportunity to work as a member of the Port Townsend School District administrative team as Title 1/Lap Director for the last three years. I am eager to make a positive impact on student learning for the children served by Chimacum School District and am honored to be the principal of Chimacum Elementary.