New principal hired for Olympia’s Boston Harbor Elementary

Jen Brotherton has taken the helm at Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia. She replaced Michael Havens who recently became principal at McKenny Elementary School in Olympia.

During the 2013-14 school year, Brotherton, 42, of Olympia, was supervisor of curriculum and instructional frameworks in the Tumwater School District.

“I am just excited about being where the kids are again,” she said.

Brotherton has worked in Olympia and North Thurston school districts, and has taught at the university level. Like Havens, her principal role at the 170-student school will be half-time. She also will serve half-time as the Olympia School District’s staff development coordinator. She will arrange staff trainings and provide support for programs such as the Teacher-Principal Evaluation Project (T-PEP) and a mentoring program for new teachers.

“A big passion of mine is quality professional development,” she said. “I get to do both things that I have at the same time, so it’s the perfect fit.”

Brotherton is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, a master’s degree from Portland State University and administrative credentials from the University of Washington Tacoma.

“Jen Brotherton is a great match for the children, staff and families at Boston Harbor Elementary School, as well as the staff development coordinator,” Olympia superintendent Dick Cvitanich said in a news release. “She has a strong background in literacy and the T-PEP process. We are extremely pleased to have her serve in a leadership role, and are looking forward to her enthusiasm and knowledge.”

Brotherton grew up in Spokane, but has lived in South Sound for many years. She and her husband Rik, who is a regional sales manager for Karndean, have two children ages 7 and 9.