New principal hired for Komachin Middle School in Lacey

The North Thurston School Board has hired Kimberly Mueller as the new principal for Komachin Middle School in Lacey.

Mueller, 50, of Tacoma, has been an assistant principal at Olympia High School in Olympia for the past four years. Before that, she worked on the Gates Foundation’s Small Schools Project, and was a high school and middle school English teacher.

Mueller said she was hoping to meet with Komachin’s leadership team this week to put together a transition plan as she replaces principal Joyce Mackiewicz who will become the district’s director of math, science and gifted education.

Mueller said she doesn’t have any major changes planned for the school at this time.

“I am really looking forward to continuing the work they’ve been doing that’s phenomenal,” she said. “They have a really great way of working with science and literacy.”

Mueller has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from City University and a doctorate in human development from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Kimberly will bring a range of experience and expertise to Komachin that will keep them moving forward to meet the needs of all of their students,” said Troy Oliver, North Thurston’s assistant superintendent of secondary instruction.

Mueller’s husband, Gordon Peters, works at Intel. They have a daughter, a granddaughter and a second grandchild on the way.