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    Licton Springs announces our new principal
    Posted on 06/20/2017

    Dear Licton Springs K-8 community,

    I am pleased to announce that Lisa Allphin has been selected as the new principal of Licton Springs K-8.

    Lisa Allphin was one of multiple candidates interviewed by a hiring committee that included school staff, parents and community members, principals, and central office staff before being recommended for the consideration of the Superintendent and Chief of Schools.  The committee was impressed with Ms. Allphin’s passion for social justice, beliefs and experience in student-centered strengths-based learning, and philosophy of collaborative inquiry as a means to improve teaching and learning.

    Ms. Allphin has most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Olympic Hills and Green Lake Elementary schools, working in partnership to develop improvement plans for both schools, aligning supports to meet individual student needs, and facilitating school and family partnerships.

    Prior experience includes leading an English Language Advisory Committee during her tenure as Vice Principal in Pittsburg, California; and serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s College of California where she facilitated conferences of educators and supported and mentored new teachers.

    Principal Allphin earned her Master of Arts in Education, Administrative Credential, and Washington State Administrator Certificate with Principal Endorsement from the University of California at Berkeley; and her Bachelor of Arts and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University.

    Principal Allphin is excited to be joining the Licton Springs community, and is looking forward to working with the students, staff, and families to build a place where every scholar is learning with joy. Her official start date will be July 1, 2017.

    I would like to extend my thanks to Principal Roy Merca for serving as principal for the past eight years. Under his leadership, Roy was able to help the community transition from Pinehurst to Licton Springs. He has been a strong advocate for the school, and instrumental in bringing the Licton Springs staff and Native American community together; Principal Allphin looks forward to building upon the foundation he has laid.

    Thank you Principal Merca, and welcome Principal Allphin to Licton Springs K-8 school!



    Dr. Larry Nyland, Superintendent