Serenity Malloy has been hired as the new principal for River Ridge High School in Lacey.
She replaces Monica Sweet, who has accepted a job as principal at Bremerton High School.
“I live in the River Ridge zone, so it’s always been an exciting possibility to be able to work in the zone that we reside in,” Malloy told The Olympian. “We just have a vested interest in the community itself and the schools.”
She grew up in University Place and graduated from Curtis High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, and a principal certification from the University of Washington Tacoma.
“Serenity is a student-centered educator,” North Thurston Principal Steve Rood said in an email that was sent to school district employees. “… People trust her, as she treats them with respect, and does what she says she will do. She is a person of strong character and River Ridge will be in good hands for years to come.”
Before North Thurston, Malloy worked for four years as a school counselor at Steilacoom High School, and four years as a school counselor at Spanaway Lake High School.
Her husband, Jeff, is managing partner of O’Blarney’s at the Gibson House in Centralia. They have a 4-year-old son, Cooper.
“He’ll be in the class of 2030 at River Ridge,” she said with a chuckle.
Malloy’s stepdaughter Morgan is a 2011 Timberline High School graduate, and her stepdaughter Sidney is a senior at North Thurston High.