Dear Discovery Families:

The staff members and I are so looking forward to welcoming your children back to school this September. Teachers, office secretaries, and custodians have worked hard all summer to assure we are prepared with a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment. I am pleased to announce as well, that we have numerous additions to the Discovery team. They are:

Daniel Ayotte, Overload Music Specialist

Eve Boonin, 3rd Grade Teacher

Krista Behling, 1st Grade Teacher

Wil Chromey, Lead Custodian

Ryan Han—5th Grade Teacher

Bhanit Gandhoke, Early Childhood Education

Jeff Leeland, Overload PE Teacher

Leslie Lombardo, SAGE Teacher

Gemma Shade, Early Childhood Education

Megan Somnis, 3rd Grade Teacher

Hollie Vance, Dean of Students

Shelly Ward, Positive Behavior/Emotional Support Coach

As I have been settling in to Discovery, I have been impressed with the dedication of our teachers. Not only have they have created warm and engaging learning environments, they have attended a wide variety of meaningful courses this summer. In fact, Issaquah educators have been fortunate to have three nationally known leaders in Education present at conferences just this last week. Presentations focused on meaningful assessment and reporting of student progress, and the importance of helping students develop personal strengths while providing a well-rounded and balanced education. The district leadership team coordinated these events and I know Discovery teachers were encouraged by them.

Please know that as I am new to Issaquah School District, I am looking forward to meeting you and your children. I encourage you to attend the PTSA Family Barbeque on Friday, September 11th and also Curriculum Nights. Until then, enjoy these last days of the amazing summer we have enjoyed here in the beautiful northwest.

Marti Shefveland

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