Lydia Hawk Principal to Join State Principals’
North Thurston S.D.’s Paula Quinn to lead
professional development efforts
VANCOUVER — The Association of Washington School Principals
announced today that North Thurston Principal Paula Quinn will become
the Association’s Director of Professional Development. Quinn will
also oversee the elementary board as part of her new
The announcement was made at the Association’s
spring board meeting in Vancouver. She will begin her new duties in
“Paula will make an excellent addition to our
staff here at AWSP,” said Gary Kipp, AWSP executive director.
“It is wonderful to have someone with as much administrative
experience as Paula joining our team. Her work mentoring interns in the
North Thurston School District will be particularly helpful to us as we
try to reach out to younger members just starting out in their
careers,” he said.
“We’ve been fortunate to have Paula’s
leadership on our committees and boards over the years. We are excited
to now have her in house working with us on ways to help principals
improve their own leadership skills and abilities.”
Quinn has 32 years of experience in public education and
has served as principal of Lydia Hawk Elementary in the North Thurston
School District for the last seven. Prior to that, she served as an
administrator and teacher in the Ephrata School District.
For the last four years, she has also served as a mentor
to all new principals in North Thurston, something she has found
personally and professionally rewarding. As Director of Professional
Development for AWSP, Quinn will oversee all professional enrichment
workshops, conferences and programs designed to enhance principal
“What I am most excited about is the opportunity
to work with principals across the state,” said Quinn. “I
was on either the elementary or AWSP boards for 17 of my 19 years as a
principal. I gained so much from those experiences, and I am a
better principal because of it ,” she said.
“I also feel honored to succeed [current AWSP
Professional Development Director] Terry Barber in this position. Terry
has been my mentor throughout my administrative experiences. He
talked me into running for the ESPAW board 18 years ago. Following
him will be a great challenge and honor,” Quinn added.
“I love all of the people at the office and
can’t imagine any group of people I would rather work
In addition to her duties as principal, Quinn has also
been active in the Association and its elementary board. For 16 of her
19 years as a principal, she has served in some capacity on the AWSP
Board of Directors or on the board of the Elementary School Principals
Association (ESPAW). In 2002 she served as president of ESPAW and in
2006, as president of AWSP.
Quinn earned her master’s degree in school
administration from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and a
bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Washington State
University in Pullman.
She and her husband, Mark, live in Olympia. They have
three adult children and two grandchildren.
AWSP’s current director of professional
development, Terry Barber, will retire from the position on Aug. 31, but
will continue to work on special projects for the Association into the
2008-09 school year.
About the Association of Washington School
The Association of Washington School Principals is a
professional association serving principals, assistant principals and
principals in training. Formed in 1972, the Association now includes
more than 3,500 members from public and private elementary, middle and
high schools statewide. It is governed by a board of practicing
principals composed of members drawn from three grade-specific boards
representing the elementary, middle and high school levels. The mission
of AWSP is to support principals and assistant principals and the
principalship in the education of all students.