Mike Hanson- I am currently the principal at Shadow Lake Elementary outside of Seattle. I have been in the Tahoma school district since 1997 and have had many varied experiences during this time. My time as an educator has been driven by a simple belief that relationships are at the core of what we do and that learning is much more than simply content. The connection between school, student, and families is central to success.
Prior to becoming an elementary administrator, I was the Dean of Students at our high school. This was an amazing experience in that I was able to work closely with many families regarding attendance, academic support, behavior concerns, etc. This experience solidified my beliefs that relationships with students, families and staff are at the core of what we do. As the Dean, I was also responsible for planning and oversight of our building professional development for the school.
Preceding my role as Dean, I worked at our district's Teaching & Learning department as a coach and science coordinator. This provided opportunities to develop scope and sequence, assessment coordination, professional development design and delivery, and much more. This included using platforms such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Moodle. I was also fortunate to receive extensive training in the area of Systems Thinking and I am a Waters Foundation certified trainer. I have presented several times and have consulted other districts. This has been valuable in supporting our district and buildings as we work to understand our learning organization. I created curricula that focused on larger goals (habits of mind, thinking skills, stewardship) and understand how to embed core content around these larger goals. I have experience in documenting curricula at all levels and in working with staff to ensure that assessments support learning.
I was fortunate to work for NASA (Project Athena) writing a weather prediction unit, National Institutes for Health creating a Biology of Sleep unit, and served on the advisory board for the Biological Systems Curriculum Study (BSCS) Science: An Inquiry Approach grades 9, 10, 11 curriculum.