Phil Engebretsen assumed the duties of Enumclaw High principal July 1, replacing former principle Aaron Lee. Many other new staff and administration members have joined the Enumclaw, White River, and Carbonado school districts. File photo by Kevin Hanson

Phil Engebretsen assumed the duties of Enumclaw High principal July 1, replacing former principle Aaron Lee. Many other new staff and administration members have joined the Enumclaw, White River, and Carbonado school districts. File photo by Kevin Hanson

School year opens with new teachers, administrators

Many new staff members have joined the ranks of the Enumclaw, White River, and Carbonado school districts.

Just as students move each year from one classroom to another, there are always a handful of new teachers ready to help them learn.

In the Enumclaw, White River and Carbonado school districts, new teachers and administrators have joined the ranks and are ready to begin the 2019-20 academic year. Here’s a look at the new additions.


Changes have come not only in the teaching ranks, but at the administrative level as well.

Gerrie Garton has departed as principal at Black Diamond Elementary School and returned to the district office to head the Student Support Services department. Additionally, Ashley Murphy has taken the reins as the district communications director and Megan Judd is new to Human Resources.

At Enumclaw High School, Phil Engebretsen was tabbed as the new principal – replacing the departed Aaron Lee – after serving in a dual role as EHS assistant principal and athletic director. Chad Davidson has moved from Thunder Mountain Middle School to fill the assistant principal slot and Activities Director Dave Stokke has added athletics to his plate.

Black Diamond Elementary School has a new principal in Tim Lee, who replaced Garton, and Grace Holden has taken over as an assistant principal at Thunder Mountain, filling the void created by Davidson’s departure.

New classroom teachers and specialists in the Enumclaw School District are:

• Tammy Pantoja, district office, psychologist intern.

• Davette Eneboe, Enumclaw Middle School, counselor.

• Thunder Mountain Middle School teachers Rossi Ensign and Danielle Locken.

• Enumclaw Middle School teacher Jeri Freeburg.

• Sunrise Elementary School teachers Kyle Almy, Bailey Stark (Sandvold) and Kaitlynn Turner.

• Southwood Elementary School teachers Bea Brisbane, Karyn Coleman and Abby Loux.

• Black Diamond Elementary teachers Jake Dilly, Kimarie Nuez and Ashley Smith.

• Westwood Elementary teachers Andrea Evans, Zachary Jennison, Jennifer Lee and Edwin Torres Ibarra.


The district has three new faces in administrative positions for the coming academic year. Nina Markey is now principal at Elk Ridge Elementary School, Jennifer Schutz is assistant principal at Mountain Meadow Elementary and Janel Ross is an assistant principal at the district’s Early Learning Center.

New to White River High school are teachers Garrett Anderson, Julia Blair (CTE), Michelle Bosse (history), Gressa Eide (ELA), Adam McShane (THRIVE), Connor Mildenberger (social studies) and Jordan Smith (science).

Joining the staff at Glacier Middle School are counselor Jawana Akuffo and teachers Heather Brehm (special education), Chasda Clendinen-Watkins (math), Paul Deaton (special education), Meagan Ford (ELA), Jennifer Leen (social studies), Bailey Plumb (health), Brandon Scorpaci (math), Megan Shultz (band), Robert Smith (social studies) and Rebecca Thompson Latham (ELA).

New to the district at the elementary school level are the following:

• Foothills Elementary counselor Amanda Barry, psychologist Elise Schumacher and teachers Simon Jongekryg and Courtney Shore.

• Elk Ridge Elementary teachers Jaclyn Bellmer, Hannah George, Kendall Gibbs, Cory Marrier-Leppanen and Kaela Pettitt.

• Mountain Meadow Elementary teachers Katelin Hellyer, Amy Kovar and Kirsten LeClaire.

• Wilkeson Elementary teachers Jennifer Hutter and Amber Richards.

• Early Learning Center counselor Rebeccae Seymour and teacher Chelsea Siiewert.


There has been a change at the top, with staff member Jessie Sprouse elevated to the position of superintendent/principal of the historic district. Carbonado serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and is the first of the local districts to get rolling, welcoming students today (Wednesday).

The only other staff change is the addition of learning specialist Stephanie Miller.

Sprouse, who took over following the resignation of Scott Hubbard, heads a staff of 32. That includes 12 teachers, 14 classified staff, plus administration and student support services.

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