Battle Ground Public Schools Makes Administrative Changes

posted Jun 17, 2015, 10:11 AM by BGPS Web   [ updated Jun 25, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

Battle Ground Public Schools Makes Administrative Changes

June 17, 2015

UPDATE (June 25, 2015): Battle Ground Public Schools has announced additional administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year, including Ron Hutchison, interim principal at Pleasant Valley Primary School, and a new title for Linda Allen: assistant superintendent of human resources.

Battle Ground Public Schools has announced several administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year. The administrators will begin their new positions July 1.

Mike Hamilton,
who has been the principal at Kalama Middle/High School for 14 years, will take over as principal at Battle Ground High School. He replaces Tim Lexow, who is resigning after serving the district for 20 years. Hamilton, who lives in the Battle Ground district, began his career teaching in the Tahoma School District and Evergreen Public Schools before transferring to Kalama. Read more about Hamilton on the BGPS blog.

Ryan Cowl, currently the assistant principal at Tukes Valley Middle School, is taking the helm at CAM Academy this summer. He is replacing Colleen O'Neal, who is retiring this month with 28 years of service. Cowl began his career with Battle Ground Public Schools in 1996 as a special education teacher at Captain Strong Primary School. In 2008, Cowl moved to Tukes Valley, where he served as assistant principal of both the primary and middle schools until 2012 when he took on the role full time at the middle school. Read more about Cowl on the BGPS blog.

Ron Hutchison is coming out of retirement to serve as the interim principal next year at Pleasant Valley Primary School. He is replacing Melissa Mitchell, who recently resigned. Before retiring, Hutchison was the principal at Kelso's largest elementary school, Beacon Hill, for six years. Prior to that he served as a principal in the Hillsboro School District and in Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore. During his one year of retirement from Kelso, Hutchison worked part-time in school improvement as a leadership coach with Education Northwest and the Oregon Department of Education.

Assistant Principals
Damen Hermens, who is currently a teacher at Evergreen Public Schools' Covington Middle School, will be the assistant principal at Glenwood Heights Primary. He is replacing Sue Fine, who resigned this year. Hermens also has taught at Evergreen's Cascade Middle School and Washougal's Jemtegaard Middle School. He has a master's in teaching and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington State University--Vancouver.

Erin Thompson is taking over as assistant principal at Tukes Valley Middle School for Ryan Cowl, who is moving to CAM. Thompson is currently an English teacher at Columbia River High School in the Vancouver Public Schools district, where she has served since 1998. She also has been an English teacher at Skyview High School and served as an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University--Vancouver. She has a masters of education from Washington State University and a bachelor of arts in education from Western Washington University.

Scott Yingling is taking over as BGHS Assistant Principal for Lee Bradford, who is retiring in June with 38 years of service. Yingling is currently the dean of students at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. Before becoming the dean of students, Yingling taught theater arts at South Kitsap High School. He graduated from Central Washington University in 2004 with a degree in secondary education and theater arts and a minor in English.

District administration
The Board of Directors approved Linda Allen as the assistant superintendent of human resources. "The title more accurately reflects the work that Allen does for the district," said Superintendent Mark Hottowe. Allen has worked in the district's human resources department since 2010 when she became the director of the department. She started her career with Battle Ground Public Schools as a teacher at Amboy Middle School in 1993. She also was an assistant principal and principal at Lewisville Middle School and the first principal at Chief Umtuch Middle School when it opened in 2008.

Sandy Mathewson has been hired to be the director of social-emotional learning, a new role dedicated to supporting mental health, prevention and intervention and special services. She will manage support for prevention and intervention of substance abuse, help with special services and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) services, and coordinate the district's $2.5 million Project AWARE grant with a focus on mental health. Mathewson has been director of Prevention and Youth Services at Educational Service District 112 since 1993. Prior to that she was an intervention specialist in the Camas School District.