Battle Ground superintendent honored as state Champion for Children

posted May 19, 2016, 2:57 PM by Rita Sanders

Battle Ground superintendent honored as state Champion for Children

May 12, 2016

Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe has been named the Champion for Children by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Foundation for Healthy Generations. Hottowe received the second annual award last week at the state's 2016 Student Support Conference in Wenatchee. OSPI's Student Support Office and the Foundation for Healthy Generations sponsor the award to recognize an exemplary individual or team committed to providing whole-child, school-based, social, emotional, and physical support to vulnerable, underserved populations of students and their families.

Hottowe has dedicated his 40-year career in education to working for the health and wellness of children, especially vulnerable and underserved youth. As the superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools, Mark is changing school culture and climate in the district. He leads the district with the knowledge that students need a safe, supportive environment before they can be attentive to learning. This year, Mark built on the already strong foundation of student support in Battle Ground by prioritizing initiatives that focus on social-emotional health and learning. In addition to the system of counselors, psychologists, school nurses and positive behavioral programs that Battle Ground had in place, Hottowe is expanding programs district-wide, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and reaching out to community organizations and health professionals. He has given every person the responsibility of forming nurturing relationships with students that will engage them in a positive learning environment.

After graduating with degrees from Dartmouth and Central Washington universities, Hottowe began his career teaching Native American students in Neah Bay.  As an administrator in Kelso, Mark worked with community partners to develop programs that reduced risk factors, built resiliency and enabled positive learning environments. As superintendent at Ocean Beach, Mark's commitment to social-emotional health grew, resulting in decreased substance use among youth and an increase in mental health and on-site prevention services at schools. At the state level, Mark has championed the development of prevention and intervention programs as the chair of the Washington State Department of Health Tobacco Disparities Coalition.