LWSD recognizes throughout the pandemic, there have been subtle and overt acts of hatred and violence towards our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our AAPI communities have contributed to our diverse community in meaningful ways. We condemn the acts of violence and hatred that have been perpetrated against our Asian communities and have cast a sense of fear among APPI community. As a school district, we stand in solidarity with our Asian communities.


Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 


Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”



    Seventeen Lake Washington teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification

    Highest certification a teacher can achieve

    Redmond, Wash. – Seventeen Lake Washington School District teachers achieved or renewed their National Board Certification®, as announced by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Five teachers were certified for the first time and 12 teachers renewed their certification this year; certifications must be renewed every ten years. Teachers from around the district completed the process and will be recognized at an upcoming School Board Meeting. 

    According to NBPTS, 352 teachers working in Lake Washington Schools have earned their certification. National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain.

    “We are proud of our National Board Certified Teachers,” noted Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “National Board Certification represents a strong commitment to pursuing a high standard of excellence as an education professional. I congratulate all of our teachers who have achieved this certification.”

    Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.”

    Numbers released by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards show the state of Washington is third overall in the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the country at 11,645. 

    Each teacher achieves certification in a subject area and age range.

    The new National Board Certified Teachers are:

    • Redmond
      • Rose Hill Middle School:
        • Kristen Becker-Brown – Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History
      • Redmond Middle School:
        • Dena Kernish – Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
      • Preschool Willows/Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School: 
        • Samantha Powers – Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood
    • Sammamish
      • Eastlake High School: 
        • David Menenberg – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History
        • Kara Riely – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History 

    Teachers renewing their NBCT status:

    • Kirkland: 
      • Kirkland Middle School: 
        • Monica Engquist – Middle Childhood/Generalist
      • Lake Washington High School 
        • Beau Hansen – Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History
        • James (Ryan) Palmer – Early Adolescence/Science
      • Carl Sandburg Elementary School
        • Karla Nelson – Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts
    • Redmond:
      • Redmond Middle School: 
        • Kelli Jaeger – Early Adolescence/Science
        • Elizabeth Metcalf – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
      • Redmond High School:
        • Evelynn Kolakowski – Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
        • Bryan Rowley – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History
      • Emily Dickinson Elementary School:
        •  Danielle Lankester – Middle Childhood/Generalist
      • Rose Hill Middle School
        • Linda Thompson – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
    • Sammamish:
      • Christa McAuliffe Elementary School: 
        • Anna Jaross – Early and Middle Childhood/Reading-Language Arts
      • Eastlake High School:
        • Cassie Wesson-Mast – Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Mathematics

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    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second-largest district in the state of Washington, with over 31,000 students in 56 schools.