Superintendent/High School Principal
Bill began his career as a Biology/Science teacher and football/wrestling coach in the Anchorage School District. After 8 years of classroom experience in a large school district, controlled by systems that did not support innovation, he decided to pursue administration to have an impact on systemic change in education. He moved his family to California to pursue his MS in School Leadership at California State University East Bay in Hayward. Soon after graduation, he accepted a position as the assistant principal at a Middle School in Redding, California, under the leadership of Dr. Lee Jenkins (now an author of 6 books and creator of LtoJ Consultants). Working with Dr. Jenkins and implementing the Total Quality Management system of quality improvement, was the model Bill needed to have an impact on systemic change in a system that involved all stakeholders. After his first year as an assistant principal, he was selected to be the Principal of an elementary school. Bill and his staff made continuous improvement a priority and after 3 years they were selected as one of 100 elementary schools in California to earn the title of “Distinguished School” and Bill earning the title of Northern California Principal of the Year.
Upon accomplishing the “Distinguished School” status, the Alaskan in Bill was sending a message to go back home and enjoy the frontier experience outside of Anchorage. He moved his family to three different regions in Alaska – Barrow, Petersburg and Kodiak. In all three regions, he worked collaboratively to implement systemic change for continuous improvement in all aspects of education.Bill spent 14 years in Kodiak with three different titles/positions – Director of Instruction, Director of Rural Schools and Principal of Kodiak High School. Regardless of the position, his focus was always on systemic change, innovation and continuous improvement. He led the district through two accreditation cycles, a bond for a new high school, and a systemic plan for proficiency based education.
After 14 very successful years in Kodiak and all of his kids out of school, he accepted the position as Superintendent/Secondary Principal of the Marcola School District. His first year as the Superintendent, he moved forward a bond for a new elementary school and a process for pursuing a system wide accreditation. The Marcola School District now has a new elementary school, updated facilities in the high/middle school, 1:1 technology, proficiency based assessment and instruction, a new alternative program (TEACH NorthWest – TNW) and the enrollment has increased over 100 students in the last 3 years.