South Sound High School in Lacey will have a new, full-time principal next school year.
North Thurston Public Schools spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said Angela Grizzle of Benson, Ariz., accepted the district’s job offer last week.
“We are excited to have Angela as a new leader in our district and at South Sound,” said Troy Oliver, assistant superintendent of secondary education. “Her experience with a leading alternative school, plus her curriculum and math expertise, can only help us grow and get better as a district.”
Grizzle will replace Rich Yelenich, who has led the school half-time since 2009, while also serving as the district’s athletic director.
The move gives Yelenich a chance to continue working as athletic director and take on some district projects while giving the nearly 175-student alternative school a full-time principal, according to Schrieve.
Grizzle has worked as director of curriculum and instruction for the Benson Unified School District, southeast of Tucson, for the past 31/2 years.
“I served as principal of the alternative high school in our district for four years,” she said in a telephone interview with The Olympian.
Grizzle grew up in the Maple Valley area, and graduated from Tahoma High School there.
She served seven years on active duty in the Army, and has a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University in Florida and a master’s degree from Troy University in Alabama.
Grizzle said she and her husband, Eric, who is a high school teacher, are looking forward to moving closer to family in the Northwest.
“It’s time to come home,” she said.
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