Northwest NEWS

April 17, 2000


Northshore names new principals

   James Ivory, currently an assistant principal at Northshore Junior High School, has been selected as principal of Kenmore Junior High effective July 1.

   Between now and then, he will continue as vice principal at Northshore Junior High, where he has been since 1997, and will spend time with the Kenmore Junior High staff planning for the 2000-2001 school year.

   Ivory has been an educator for 24 years, working in the classroom as a fifth through eighth grade teacher and as an administrator. Prior to his joining Northshore, he worked in the Everett, Marysville, and Pasco school districts. Mr. Ivory replaces June Anderson, who is retiring after 29 years in education.

   Since Ms. Anderson left earlier in the year on an extended medical leave, the school has been under the leadership of interim principal Craig Hopkins. He holds a Bachelors degree in elementary education from Pacific University and a Masters in multicultural education from the University of Washington. He received his Principal Credential from Seattle Pacific University.

   Steve Wharton, principal of Kenmore Elementary School, has been selected as the new principal of Woodmoor Elementary, effective July 1. He replaces Blake Puckett, who is retiring after 30 years in education. Wharton has been with the Northshore School District since 1976. He was a special education and sixth grade teacher at Maywood Hills Elementary for 12 years; spent four years at Fernwood Elementary teaching sixth grade; and then becoming a principal intern and assistant principal. He then served as an assistant principal at Woodmoor for two years before becoming principal at Kenmore where he is in his sixth year.

   Mr. Wharton holds a Bachelor's degree in special education from Eastern University and a Master's degree in special education from Western Washington University. He is a graduate of the Danforth Program at the University of Washington, where he received his principal credential.

   A process is now underway to find a replacement for Mr. Wharton at Kenmore Elementary.