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Catharine Blaine has a new (old) Principal

July 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments

A familiar face will grace the halls of Blaine come September.  From Seattle Public Schools:

Dear Catharine Blaine K–8 Community,

I am pleased to announce … Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) will return to serve as your new principal. Your current principal, Ms. Julie Cox, will be Principal at North Beach Elementary next year.

Ms. Johnson spent the past year as a middle school Principal at the American School of Barcelona, in Spain. Previously, she served as principal at Catharine Blaine from 2006 through 2012, and she is excited to be returning to this school community.

Prior to moving to Spain, Ms. Johnson was a consultant to the Readers and Writers Project at Columbia Teachers College in New York. During her previous time as Catharine Blaine’s Principal, she also served as the President of the Principals Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) for one year. Early in her career, she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading at Seattle’s Denny Middle School, which has been renamed Denny International Middle School.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University, Ms. Johnson earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the same school. She holds Washington State certifications as an administrator.

Ms. Johnson has been selected because she was a highly rated principal prior to her departure from Seattle Public Schools and is a natural fit for the Catharine Blaine K–8 community. She is a dedicated instructional leader who is committed to working collaboratively with parents, teachers and students. We will be arranging an opportunity for the community to meet with her when she returns to the United States full-time in August.

Please help me welcome Ms. Heather Johnson back to the Catharine Blaine community and to thank Ms. Julie Cox for her leadership during the past two years.

Sincerely,

José Banda

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  • Blaine parent

    My cat could do a better job than that awful Julie Cox. Welcome back, Heather – you are exactly what the staff needs to restore unity, and what the students need: education, not endless data accumulation.

  • IfYouCantSayAnythingNice

    Way to go Seattle Schools. Put an ineffective principal back at a failing school. But sure, I can agree that Heather is a consummate politician — pandering, full of talk, and never getting anything done.

  • charlotte

    I’m a Blaine parent too and I’m thrilled to have Heather back. We think she’s fantastic! I’m appalled by the comment by IfYouCantSayAnythingNice…she was hardly ineffective and I’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • IfYouCantSayAnythingNice

      My children used to go to that school. The conditions there were appalling. Wake up, Magnolia! Your sweet little neighborhood school is failing your kids.