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During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.

RHMS Band

When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.

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    District Leadership Team

    The district leadership team is committed to providing high quality programs and services to Lake Washington School District students, staff, schools and families.

     

    Dr. Jon Holmen

    Dr. Jon Holmen | Superintendent

    425-936-1257 | joholmen@lwsd.org

    Dr. Holmen serves as Chief Executive Officer, providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction to the district. He is accountable for student and organizational outcomes though the fulfillment of Board established End Results and Executive Limitations Policies. He serves as the Board’s link to the operational organization, assuming authority and responsibility for development and implementation of overall district strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives, and assumes accountability for staff performance, resource management, community and parent involvement, organizational operations and district culture.

    District Leadership Organizational Chart

     

    Matt Gillingham, Associate Superintendent

    Matt Gillingham | Associate Superintendent
    Student and Community Services

    425-936-1289 | mgillingham@lwsd.org

    Mr. Gillingham provides vision, leadership, and direction, assuming responsibility for success of the departments of Student Service; Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion; Athletics and Activities; Risk, Health, Safety and Security; and Communications. Mr. Gillingham assists the superintendent in achieving district objectives and key performance indicators, assuring alignment with law, policy, and priorities established by the Board of Directors.

    Student and Community Services Division

     

    Barbara Posthumus, Associate Superintendent

    Barbara Posthumus | Associate Superintendent
    Business and Support Services

    425-936-1331 | bposthumus@lwsd.org

    Ms. Posthumus serves as Chief Financial Officer, providing oversight of the district’s financial, business, and related auxiliary services. She ensures the district’s overall financial integrity and stability, assuming leadership in the development and administration of annual and multi-year budgets. She provides leadership and direction to the department of Support Services, ensuring efficacy of capital resources and investments and support for accomplishment of strategic goals. Ms. Posthumus assists the superintendent in achieving district objectives and key performance indicators, assuring alignment with law, policy, and priorities established by the Board of Directors.

    Business and Support Services Division

     

    Mike VanOrden, Associate Superintendent

    Mike Van Orden | Associate Superintendent
    Teaching and Learning Services

    425-936-1267 | mvanorden@lwsd.org

    Mr. Van Orden serves as Chief Success Officer, overseeing the district’s multi-tiered system of support for students. He provides vision, leadership, and direction, assuming responsibility for success of the departments of Teaching and Learning; Special Services, and Intervention Services in accomplishing strategic goals. Mr. Van Orden assists the superintendent in achieving district objectives and key performance indicators, assuring alignment with law, policy, and priorities established by the Board of Directors.

    Teaching and Learning Services Division

     

    Sally Askman

    Sally Askman | Assistant Superintendent
    Technology & Information Services

    425-936-1364 | saskman@lwsd.org

    Ms. Askman serves as the organization’s chief technology and information officer. In her role she provides leadership and direction to three departments, Technology Operations, Technology Integration, and Data, Research and Accountability. These departments together ensure equipment, training, data, and services are available for administrators, teachers, staff and students, and achievement is measured, analyzed, and understood to ensure continuous improvement for all students and organizational outcomes. 

    Technology & Information Services Division

     

    Dale Cote

    Dale Cote | Assistant Superintendent
    School Support Services

    425-936-1268 | dcote@lwsd.org

    Mr. Cote serves as the Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services. In this role Mr. Cote works directly with the Elementary and Secondary Directors of Education. Together their work is to support students, families, and staff in creating a high-quality learning experience for students. The School Support Services Division collaborates across divisions to develop and implement our district strategic goals and objectives. Mr. Cote also oversees our Choice School programs.

    School Support Services Division

     

    Dr. Joy Ross

    Dr. Joy Ross | Assistant Superintendent
    Human Resources

    425-936-1425 | joross@lwsd.org

    Dr. Joy Ross is the chief human resource officer overseeing the talent acquisition, retention and performance, compliance and labor relations and negotiations efforts of the District. Dr. Ross is committed to fostering a culture and climate in the human resources space that is focused on equitable, strategic partnerships through innovation of practices and systems. The educational successes of students are championed by elevating people and the employee experience by creating thriving workspaces for teachers and staff. Dr. Ross assists the superintendent in achieving district objectives and key performance indicators, assuring alignment with law, policy, and priorities established by the Board of Directors.

    Human Resources Division