Veterans bring their valuable experience to serve TPS, students

Tacoma Public Schools proudly acknowledges the more than 160 military veterans who support our students. As teachers, librarians, counselors, security officers and more, they bring their valuable, military experience to help students every day.

Veterans, thank you for your continued service.

Learn more about some of our TPS veterans and how their experience in the military shapes their work for Tacoma’s students:

Don Crider, Stewart Middle School Principal
Service branch: U.S. Army Aviation and U.S. Army Reserve
Time in service: 11 years active, 11 years reserve
How did your military service influence your job with Tacoma Public Schools?
My military service influenced my ability to serve selflessly and have operations management, leadership skills, and compassion for others. It also taught me how to work as a team and create environments where adults and students can be successful. I also learned coping strategies in wartime scenarios that have helped me respond positively and proactively in a pandemic scenario.”

Linda Medford, Student Assessment Coordinator
Service branch: U.S. Air Force
Time in service: 10 years
How did your military service influence your job with Tacoma Public Schools?
I started my career as a medic and served some of my time overseas during Desert Storm. I became a Training Instructor, teaching medics. I took advantage of the educational benefits and completed my bachelor’s in science and occupational education. After separating from the service, I taught in public schools for a few years then came to Tacoma, working in the technology department. I eventually found my niche as Tacoma’s Student Assessment Coordinator.”

Pamela Nugent, Whittier Elementary Paraprofessional
Service branch: U.S. Air Force
Time in service: 7 years as an aeromedical technician
How did your military service influence your job with Tacoma Public Schools?
“I believe my time in the service prepared me for my job with Tacoma Public Schools by learning to work hard, being flexible in difficult situations and by learning different cultures from countries around the world.”

Clarence Wright, Truman Middle School Campus Security Officer
Service branch: U.S. Army
Time in service: 21 years
How did your military service influence your job with Tacoma Public Schools?
“It helped to shape the person that I am—someone who is focused, a team player who believes in hard work. It brought me to my Washington family. It’s where I met my wife of 33 years and, it’s taught me the values that I try to use every day.”


Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 | dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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