Superintendent announces administrative changes

4/24/2013 | TACOMA, Washington

​Douglas Hostetter, a 1983 Pacific Lutheran University graduate and principal at Kentwood High School, will become the new High School Director beginning this summer.

Hostetter, who has led the high-performing Kent school since 1999, replaces Janell Newman, who will retire after this school year. Hostetter earned his master’s degree from the University of Washington, his principal’s certificate from Western Washington University and is studying for his Doctor of Education from Seton Hall University.

Kentwood High School earned recognition from the Washington State Board of Education as a “very good” school based on student performance on state assessments in math, reading and writing. Kentwood was the only high school in the Kent School District and one of a handful of high schools in the entire Seattle-Tacoma region to earn the honor. Kentwood also earned placement on The Washington Post Top High Schools List.

Superintendent Carla Santorno announced Hostetter’s appointment among a continuing series of administrative changes aimed at transforming the district’s central office to better support the work of schools.

Other changes include:

  • Krestin Bahr, currently the district’s Middle School Director, will head a new Reengagement and Graduation Support Center and build its capacity to identify students who have dropped out or fallen off their graduation path and get them back on track toward graduation. Bahr previously has served as principal at Stewart Middle School.
  • Ben Gauyan will take over as the Middle School Director for 2013-14. Gauyan currently serves as the Title I/LAP Director and oversees the federal and state funding directed primarily toward high poverty schools. Before joining Tacoma Public Schools in 2010, Gauyan served as an elementary school principal in the Highline School district for nine years.
  • Patrick Johnson, currently one of three Elementary School Directors, will shift into a new role as Director of Equity and Achievement. This new role will include achievement gap data analysis and recommendations, advanced programs, gifted and talented programs and professional development. Johnson joined the district in 2010 after serving as elementary educational director for the Seattle School District for four years.
  • Minh-Anh Hodge will continue to direct the district’s English Language Learners department and take on additional responsibilities in leadership, community outreach and school support among other assignments. Hodge has served in a variety of administrative roles and directed or designed programs serving language minority students and parents for more than 25 years.

“The School Board has set a graduation goal of 85 percent by 2020, which means we have a lot of work ahead of us to realign what we do with administrative support to the outcomes we want to see in the classroom,” Santorno said. “We’re continuing to build a team of talented and focused educators. I don’t just want us to meet the board’s goal. I want us to blow way past 85 percent.”
The changes announced this week leave one open position: Director of Early Learning and Title/LAP. With the School Board’s adoption in 2011 of early learning as one of the district’s four strategic goals, preschool offerings have expanded to more schools and require high-priority attention. Santorno will not replace Johnson’s vacated Elementary School Director role, instead spreading that oversight to the existing elementary directors.