White River Superintendent Janel Keating Hambly takes the stage during the annual Washington Association of School Administrators meeting. Pictured are, from left: Joel Aune, WASA Executive Director; Dr. Ken Russell, superintendent, Riverside School District; Keating Hambly; Chad Prewitt, principal, Davenport School District; and Dr. Scott Seaman, executive director, Association of Washington School Principals. Submitted photo

White River Superintendent Janel Keating Hambly takes the stage during the annual Washington Association of School Administrators meeting. Pictured are, from left: Joel Aune, WASA Executive Director; Dr. Ken Russell, superintendent, Riverside School District; Keating Hambly; Chad Prewitt, principal, Davenport School District; and Dr. Scott Seaman, executive director, Association of Washington School Principals. Submitted photo

White River superintendent honored for work on behalf of students, staff

Janel Keating Hambly received the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award.

Editor’s note: Due to technical issues, this article was not fully published in the July 24 edition.

White River’s Janel Keating Hambly received one of the most prestigious awards given during a summer conference attended by more than 850 of her professional peers.

School superintendents, central office administrators and principals from across the state gathered for the 39th annual conference of the Washington Association of School Administrators and Association of Washington School Principals. The event took place June 30 through July 2 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Keating Hambly, the White River School District superintendent, received the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award, which recognizes outstanding public school administrators across the state. One superintendent, central office administrator or building administrator is selected from a small school district (up to 500 students), medium-size school district (501 to 2,000 students), and large school district (more than 2,000 students).

Keating Hambly was honored in the “large district” division and joined Ken Russell, superintendent of the Riverside School District (medium) and Chad Prewitt, a principal in the Davenport School District (small).

A $10,500 award is equally divided among the three winners. A peer committee selects the recipients from nominations that describe how each nominee is taking part in realizing the nine characteristics of high performing schools/districts as defined by research from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Keating Hambly has spent more than 30 years in education. She taught elementary and middle school for 12 years in Montana, Virginia, Ohio and Idaho. She became the principal at Mountain Meadow Elementary in the White River School District in 1998 and spent eight years in that role before moving to the district office as the director of student learning in 2006. She has been the district superintendent since 2012.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Montana, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Idaho and received a superintendent’s certificate from Seattle Pacific University.

More in News

Changes to Black Diamond city code address attorney contracts

The city said it is clarifying the mayor has the power to hire and fire attorneys; some residents say this gives the mayor too much power.

Trash talk: Enumclaw renews solid waste pact with King County

Additionally, the public comment period for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley is open through Aug. 26.

Fire Marshal releases firework incident numbers

More than 300 incidents were reported this year.

Local historical society celebrates Filipino heritage

The event is this weekend, Aug. 24, from 11 to 4 p.m.

FBI alleges Auburn man was the ringleader behind multi-million dollar theft ring

For six years, two South King County businesses were used to illegally sell stolen items.

From left to right: Plateau Outreach Ministries Director Elaine Olson, Outreach Case Manager for Veterans and Seniors Lisa Napolitano, and Director Elisha Smith-Marshall stand outside of their nonprofit’s office. The trio work together regularly to help lift up the vulnerable populations in Enumclaw, Black Diamond and Covington.
                                Photo by Danielle Chastaine
A mighty team of three help local vets and seniors

Plateau Outreach Ministries works with the county to repair vulnerable homes

Candidates sought for posts where none filed

South Prairie and Wilkeson need someone to file to be a council member — the due date is Aug. 15.

Raising glasses, and funds, for wounded vets

The Aug. 15 “Pint Night” at Headworks Brewery will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Popular trails near Black Diamond closed for five weeks

King County Parks is thinning 75 acres of previously-logged land within Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area.

Most Read