He will replace Gayle Mar-Chun, who has led Madison since July 2005, and plans to retire on June 28.
I am very excited about becoming the new principal of Madison Elementary School, and am looking forward to working with parents and staff in supporting the students and school community, Spatola-Knoll said in a news release. Madison is my neighborhood school, so I feel privileged and honored to serve as the school principal. I am also thankful for the time, experiences and friendships I have made while at Roosevelt.
Spatola-Knoll has served at the helm of Roosevelt since 2006. Prior to that, he was a fifth-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Olympia from 1993-2006.
Mar-Chun said shes pleased with the choice of her successor.
He cares deeply about kids and will work very well with our students, staff and families, she said. I know hell do a superb job.
Madison Elementary School, located in Olympias Eastside neighborhood, serves about 250 students in preschool to fifth-grade.
It was recently one of five schools in the state honored as a Title I, Part A Distinguished School by the National Title I Association and the U.S. Department of Education.
Even though about 55 to 60 percent of its students qualify for the free- and reduced-lunch program, the school has beaten district and state averages for the past two years in standardized reading scores.
In addition to serving as Madisons principal, Spatola-Knoll will also serve as the districts Title I director, a job thats also currently held by Mar-Chun.
In that position, he will write Title I grant applications and oversee federal funding for programs such as all-day or extended kindergarten, tutoring and parent involvement activities.