District welcomes new Carnation Elementary Principal Dr. Randy Stocker

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Dr. Randy Stocker has been named the new principal at Carnation Elementary. Photo by Leanne Christensen
The Riverview School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Randy Stocker. Dr. Stocker is the newly appointed principal at Carnation Elementary School.

Dr. Stocker was a principal for nine years at Black Diamond Elementary, then became finance director  in Enumclaw, and executive director of Exemplary Programs and School Support in the Bellevue School District.

He has also had the opportunity to work in Riverview as the interim principal for the Riverview Learning Center since January of 2012.

Dr. Stocker brings a wealth of knowledge and an understanding for all levels of the educational process to our district.

His experience and studies have allowed him the opportunity in areas of principal mentorship, teaching seminars for principal interns, a facilitator for school and district teams to help identify achievement gaps reflected in school and district data.

He has  attained degrees of education in areas such as M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy studies, Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies leadership for learning/superintendent certification program with his dissertation on the topic of “Professional Development for the Underserved Educator; Developing the Para educator as an Instructional Resource.”

When asked about his favorite aspect of education, Randy explained, “Working with staff members in classrooms to help students learn and seeing the ‘aha’ moment in a child’s eyes and actions is perhaps the greatest thrill in this work, and the ability to encourage and nurture the natural curiosity that children and adults bring to their lives.”

Personal hobbies for Dr. Stocker include: hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding and exploring with his wife, a teacher, and their teenage daughter. They especially enjoy exploring used bookstores and the adventure of finding and eating many different types of food.

Spending years in the field of education provides both teachers and administrators an abundance of opportunities to witness and appreciate the sometimes “unfiltered” ways of young students.

When asked about these types of experiences, Randy shares, “One of my favorites was when a student sitting next to me in the classroom kept leaning over and sniffing me ... after the third time, I asked him what he was doing.  He looked up at me and said, ‘You smell like my dentist.’ I asked him if he liked his dentist, which he did, and I knew we were going to be great friends!”

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