Shane Backlund is in his ninth year as Superintendent and 20th year overall in the Selah School District. He took the reins as Superintendent in 2012 after three years as the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning. In that role he served as the chief academic officer for the district and was responsible for Pre-K - 12 curriculum, instruction and assessment.
From 2005-09, Mr. Backlund served as the principal of John Campbell Elementary School where he planned, controlled, and directed the overall activities for a Pre-K through 4th grade elementary school with approximately 600 students and 75 staff members. He served as Assistant Principal at John Campbell Elementary and as a District Reading Specialist from 2001-2005. He worked in the Ellensburg School District during the 2000-2001 school year, as a 4th Grade Teacher, at Mt. Stuart Elementary. Mr. Backlund began his career as a teacher in the Lake Chelan School District from 1995-2000 where he taught mostly middle school and coached basketball, baseball and soccer.
Mr. Backlund completed the Washington State University Superintendent Field Student Program in April, 2010 and received his superintendent credential. He completed master and bachelor degrees at Central Washington University, where he earned an M.A. in Educational Administration, a B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Health Education.
Mr. Backlund received the Washington Association of School Administrators Award of Merit for regional leadership contributions in the spring of 2018 and was recognized with a regional Student Achievement Award for leadership in May of 2015 by the same organization. He was also awarded the Selah School District's "Best of the Best Administrator of the Year" award in both 2018 and 2006 and the "Outstanding Educational Service Award" in 2002. Mr. Backlund served on the Central Washington University Alumni Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016, the Washington Association of School Administrators Board from 2017 to 2020, and is currently on the Board of Directors for both the Selah Downtown Association and Selah Education Foundation.
Mr. Backlund and his wife Kari have two daughters, Emily and Madison, who are graduates of Selah High School and are both currently educators. He spends his free time with family and friends, and enjoys live music and the outdoors.