June 8, 1998
Stillwater Principal moves on to new challenges
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
Retirement? Stillwater Elementary Principal Barb Warberg admits some friends have been talking about it. "But I'm not ready for that yet," she says. "Being around kids keeps me young." So, after a 28-year career of teaching and school administration and looking for even more challenges, she decided to accept a principal's position at Hollywood Hill Elementary in the Northshore School District.
"I will miss the Valley and the kids here," she said. "But I made the decision because I wanted to know what life was like in a larger district. I look forward to having 20 elementary principals to talk to. It's refreshing to have new places and faces brought into our lives." Indeed, she has embraced challenge and change during her 24 years in the Riverview District, holding positions at every school at one time or another.
Warberg, a Bellingham native, graduated from Western Washington University and began her teaching career in Sedro Woolley where she stayed for four years before moving to Riverview (then Lower Snoqualmie Valley) in 1974. She taught at what was then Tolt Jr/Sr High School until 1977 when she went to Cherry Valley Elementary to teach sixth grade and "a little fourth grade," while earning her Master of School Administration at Seattle Pacific University. In 1989 she became principal of Carnation Elementary, where she stayed until 1995 when she moved to Stillwater. She currently lives in Bellevue with her husband of 26 years, a Puget Power retiree. She has three stepchildren.
She says it has been interesting to become multi-generational. "It's been fun to see kids I had in the sixth grade bringing in their own kids," she said. "And being a principal is really like trying to take care of everybody. The experience has taught me a lot, and I thought a new challenge would be good."
Riverview Superintendent Dr. Jack Ernst said the staff will miss her greatly. "She has had a number of years of contributions to the district," he said. Ernst said the position of Stillwater principal is still being advertised, but interviews are expected to begin soon.
Other district staff members are leaving, as well. Fred McCarthy, Executive Director of Human Resources and Curriculum, will become a principal and fundraiser for the Archdiocese of Seattle; Cedarcrest Assistant Principal Pat Dunn is moving back to Highline and Cheri Alderson, Executive Director of Operations, is going to Enumclaw.