Hoquiam’s Emerson Elementary school will be under new leadership next year after the School Board approved the hiring of a new principal at its meeting Tuesday night.
Lindsay Drake, a lead teacher at Emerson — whose promotion will be contingent upon the successful completion of her master’s degree — will start in the fall. District superintendent Mike Parker recommended Drake to the board, saying he is very proud of her work and glad she was the only person to express interest in the position.
“She’s a hard worker and very intelligent,” he said of Drake, adding that she has shown her commitment in taking on the extra work of completing her master’s degree while simultaneously working as “lead teacher” at Emerson Elementary School for the past two school years while the school has been without a full time principal. In this position, Drake supervised day to day operations of the school, where she also worked as a teacher from 2005 to 2011.
The board asked whether there could be a contingency plan if Drake is not able to complete her final class for her master’s degree. Parker assured that she would, and assistant superintendent Shannon Webster added that Drake’s dedication has been obvious in that the amount of classwork she has done in the past year is “unheard-of.”
Drake says she is very honored to have been selected for the position. “We have terrific teachers and staff members who work hard to make Emerson an outstanding school. I am fortunate to continue my work at Emerson as the principal with such wonderful staff members, students and families,” she told The Daily World.