Meet the Superintendent
Superintendent Rob Manahan
Telephone (425) 831-8007
Fax (425) 831-8040
Robert “Rob” Manahan, Ed.D, was named Superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District on May 29, 2018. During his career in education that spans 30+ years, he has served students throughout Washington State. Prior to joining the district, he was superintendent at Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor for two years, and superintendent of Lake Chelan School District for six years. Manahan also worked in the Lake Stevens School District for many years – as executive director for Teaching and Learning for three years; principal at Sunnycrest Elementary School for six years; principal at Mount Pilchuck Elementary for four years; and, associate principal at Lake Stevens Middle School for one year. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant principal in the Port Angeles School District. He also taught middle school for three years (math, science, leadership, English language arts and choir) in the Peninsula School District where he completed his administrative internship.
Manahan earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Washington State University, a master’s degree in School Administration from Western Washington University, and his Educational Doctorate from the University of Washington. His doctoral thesis, titled Emotional Intelligence: The Other Side of Leadership, focused on emotional intelligence and the impact it has on leadership and the overall educational system.
He is passionate for and a champion of public education. Manahan believes great schools make great communities and great communities make great schools. He also believes, as Nelson Mandela once said, that "Education is the greatest weapon in which to change the world." It is Rob’s strong belief that everyone in our educational system deserves to be respected, to feel valued and capable, and to know they belong and are loved. He feels it is critical that a strong foundation of a positive relationship is built, from the classroom to the board room. As Dr. James Comer has stated, “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.”
Manahan is married with four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, golf and running, and looks forward to exploring the outdoor recreation opportunities offered throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.