New principals hired at two Tumwater schools

Staff writerAugust 26, 2014 

The Tumwater School District has hired two new principals for the 2014-15 school year.

Black Hills High School assistant principal Dave Myers, who served as interim principal during the spring when Kerry Mance used some of her personal leave before retiring, has been promoted to principal of the 900-student school.

“I’m really looking forward to it,’ said Myers, 47, of Olympia. “We’ve got a real opportunity to make some changes and really move forward in a positive light.”

Myers and his wife have two daughters, ages 8 and 10. He has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, teaching credentials from Eastern Washington University, a master’s degree from City University, and administrative credentials from Central Washington University.

This is Myers‘ 21st year in education. He was Black Hills High’s assistant principal for two and a half years, and is the former principal at Yelm Middle School.

Elsewhere in the district, Glenn Spinnie has been hired as principal at Littlerock Elementary School. He replaces Karen Gray, who retired in June.

Spinnie, 52, of Chehalis, served as principal at Jefferson Lincoln Elementary School in Centralia for 16 years.

“I was looking for a change,” he said. “I just needed something to reinvigorate myself and re-energize. I found Littlerock, and Littlerock found me.”

Spinnie has a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University, and a master’s in education administration from Central Washington University.

He and his wife have a 23-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter.

This is Spinnie’s 31st year in education, and he described his new gig at the 400-student school as “a great new adventure.”

“Mr. Spinnie is an experienced administrator who will bring energy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude to the job of Littlerock principal,” said Andrew Schwebke, executive director of student learning for the Tumwater School District.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

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