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Kirkland principals named KingCo principals of the year

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The principals at both of Lake Washington School District’s comprehensive high schools in Kirkland have been named KingCo Principals of the Year: Juanita High School Principal Gary Moed for the 3A level and Lake Washington High School Principal Christina Thomas for 2A. In addition, Juanita High School Associate Principal Gloria Heier was nominated for the 3A Assistant Principal of the Year award. Principals are anonymously nominated by their fellow KingCo principals for these awards.

Gary was nominated for making significant progress at Juanita High School.

“Gary shows great enthusiasm for a student-first mentality, is modest in approach and willing to ask questions and share openly in principal meetings, and was known as a contributor in state-wide initiatives as well, representing the KingCo League on state level committees,” the nominator said. “He is warm and inviting, prepares for our meetings, and brings thoughtful reflection to our dialogue.”

Christina was nominated for successfully opening Lake Washington High School with progressive education ideas to help all students succeed.

“Always a proactive participant in Principal meetings and has warmly embraced the Professional Learning Community of principals we have,” said her nominator. “Christina will serve as the KingCo President next year and has done a fantastic job as the President Elect. She is well read, prepared, and open to share and discuss the challenges she faces, to help other principals take risks in sharing where they need help as well.”

Each year, the KingCo league, comprising 19 schools, selects principals of the year who embody leadership attributes that are acknowledged and appreciated by his or her principal peers. A principal is selected for each level 4A, 3A and 2A as well as an associate principal in each level. These principals are then entered into the Association of Washington School Principal’s pool for Principal or Assistant Principal of the Year for the state.

This is the second time that Gary Moed has received this recognition. He was also selected in the 2011-2012 school year.

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