Leading the Way

COE alumni serving in top roles in schools region wide and beyond

Written by Paula Hermann
Photography by Chris Joseph Taylor
November 3, 2011

When Steve Schmutz was named the new principal of Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, east of Seattle, there was a familiar face on his team in assistant principal Matt Eisenhauer.

Both earned their principal certification at Seattle University’s College of Education in 2011 and will receive ongoing mentoring and support from veteran principals who are coaches in the college’s Program for New Principals.

They are also among the 20 alumni of the COE who were selected this fall to serve in various leadership roles in public, private and technical schools in the greater Seattle area, California and even Russia.

On the principals’ front, four other SU alums also started terms as principal this fall. Brad Brown, ’11 (superintendent certificate) is the new principal at First Creek Middle School in Tacoma and Sue Kleitsch, ’01 (educational administration/EDAD) was named principal at Whitman Middle School in Seattle. Amy Montanye-Johnson, ’99 (counseling) was chosen as the principal at Twin Rivers School, an alternative school for grades 6–12 in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Jane Egashira, ’84 (master in teaching), who completed the principal certification in 2010, was appointed principal of the Sacramento Valley Charter School in Sacramento, Calif. And current EDAD student Monica Wingard assumed principal duties at St. George Parish School, serving students in Pre-K–8 in Seattle’s Beacon Hill/Georgetown neighborhood.

Four new area elementary school principals are products of the College of Education: Erika Ayler, MEd, ’07 (EDAD), who is principal at Daniel Bagley Elementary; Kate Baehr, EdD, ’06 (EDAD), who leads Larrabee Elementary School in Bellingham, Wash.; Jessica Calabrese, MEd, ’08 (EDAD), is principal of Lake Ridge Elementary in Renton, Wash.; and Tamra Prince, MEd, ’07 (EDAD), is leading Maplewood Heights Elementary in Renton, Wash.

Many 2011 EDAD graduates accepted assistant principal positions at the start of the academic year. They include Chuck Bocian (Blanchet High School, Seattle); Jennifer Christenson, MEd (Narrows View Intermediate School, University Place); Tiffany Hylton, EdS (Decatur High School); Amber Jenkins (Franklin High School, Seattle); Heidi Riegsecker, MEd (McKnight Middle School, Renton); and Robyn Wiens (Cascade Middle School, Highline).

In addition, Mark Roschy, who received his superintendent certificate in 2011, has been named director of Human Resources & Career/Technical Education on Mercer Island, and Treena Sterk, a current EDAD student, is the new program director at the Seattle Homeschool Resource Center.

Jon Zurfluh, who received his superintendent certification in 2010 from SU, has taken the reins as director of the Anglo-American School of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The international school serves 1,400 students in grades PK–12, primarily expatriate families living in Moscow, representing more than 60 countries.

Principal Steve Schmutz and Assistant Professor Matt Eisenhauer of Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, Wash., east of Seattle.