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Leadership Transitions for the New School Year


In addition to welcoming Rob Manahan, Ed.D. as our new superintendent last spring, the following educators have been hired to join the district’s leadership team this summer.


Associate Directors

Three associate directors — Ginger Callison, R.J. Monton and Monica Phillips

will help support teaching and learning throughout the district.


Virginia “Ginger” Callison, Ed.D. was hired as the Associate Director of Secondary Education. She was a Learning Improvement Officer in the Federal Way School District last year. During her 20 years in education, Callison has also served as a middle school principal, and assistant principal in Enumclaw and Tukwila high schools and middle schools. She earned her doctorate in Education from UW, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from Washington State University. This role replaces Ruth Moen who retired in June.


R.J. Monton was hired to a new position as Associate Director of Student Services. He has worked in our district for six years, as a Student Services program specialist most recently and a special education teacher prior. In this new role, Monton will work with special education staff and students to address behavioral health issues, promote Social Emotional Learning (SEL) best practices, expand the district’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative, and assist staff focused on behavioral health, counseling, and health services. Monton completed his principal program last spring from Seattle Pacific University.


Monica Phillips was hired into a new position as Associate Director for Equity and Categorical Programs. She will focus on meeting the diverse needs of all learners in the district, to help close the achievement gap. This past year, Phillips served as Snoqualmie Valley’s Title I/LAP/ELA coordinator, building effective systems and procedures to help move those programs forward. Prior, Phillips was principal at Fall City Elementary School and an assistant principal at Twin Falls Middle School. 


Brian Ferguson

Brian Ferguson, MSHS assistant principal


Brian Ferguson was also hired this summer as an assistant principal at Mount Si High School, who will help coordinate the school’s college and career readiness programs. Ferguson is moving with his family from Mission Viejo, California, where he was principal at Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School. He brings 17 years of education experience as a principal, activities director, teacher and coach. He earned a master’s degree in Education from UW, his teaching credentials from Chapman University, and a B.A. from Chico State in Physical Education. He will replace Jerry Maher who moved to Walla Walla this summer.


As announced earlier, Doug Burnham will begin this fall as Snoqualmie Middle School principal to being planning for the fall of 2019, when SMS will re-open to serve middle school students, at the same time the new Mount Si High School will serve students in grades 9-12.