A longtime South Sound educator has been chosen to lead the Tenino School District.
Joe Belmonte, assistant superintendent with North Thurston Public Schools, will become superintendent of Tenino schools on July 1, according to Tenino School Board president Trisha Claridge.
“Mr. Belmonte brings to Tenino School District 30 years of experience at all levels including the classroom, building principal and assistant principal,” Claridge said in a news release. “Along with his experience, he brings an extensive knowledge of the field of educating, building community relationships, construction bond knowledge and he has extensive relationships in the Thurston County education community.”
Belmonte has been assistant superintendent of elementary education at North Thurston since 2005. Before that, he was an elementary school principal for 10 years, and a teacher for 12 years.
He also taught in the Olympia School District for two years.
“We are very sad to see him go, but thrilled for him and for Tenino who will get an incredible instructional leader who truly loves teaching and learning,” North Thurston spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said.
Belmonte has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington and a principal certificate from Central Washington University.
Tenino superintendent Russ Pickett is leaving the district after six years to head Monroe School District near Corvallis, Oregon.