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District Announces Administrative Hires

Two familiar Viking faces, Stephanie Andler and Amanda Scribner, and one new hire, Hunter Sissom, have been selected to fill three administrative positions in the Selah School District.

Andler, who has been an Assistant Principal at John Campbell Primary School for the last six years, has been selected as the District’s Director of Federal and State Programs.  As Director, Andler will support a number of federal and state programs including Title I, the Learning Assistance Program, and transitional bilingual and ELL services.  Andler takes the reigns from Susan Petterson, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Another familiar Selah face, Scribner, who has served as an Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at John Campbell for the last two years, has been chosen as the Principal of the new Kindergarten Campus.  The facility, which recently broke ground in April, will not welcome students until the 2020-2021 school year; however, Scribner will be involved with planning and developmental discussions next year while she also fulfills her current position at John Campbell.

In addition to Andler and Scribner, the District welcomes Sissom to its administrative team as the new Principal at Selah Intermediate School.

Sissom, who is returning to his Yakima Valley roots, has served as an Assistant Principal in the Bellevue School District for the last three years.  Prior to his Bellevue experience, Sissom was also an Assistant Principal with Federal Way Public Schools.  As part of his experience in Bellevue and Federal Way, Sissom worked with the PBIS system, which Selah also utilizes to encourage positive student behavior at school.  In a sense, the Selah School District is welcoming Sissom back, as early in his educational career he completed a counseling internship at Selah High School.  Sissom’s educational philosophy is to “reach all students so they can succeed in college, career, and life.”

“We are excited with the individuals who have been selected to fill the administrative positions in our District,” said Superintendent, Shane Backlund.  “Stephanie and Amanda have worked hard for Selah students and have solid relationships with staff. Their positive experiences as Selah administrators will be beneficial in their new positions as they continue working with staff and parents to provide quality experiences for students.

“Hunter is a talented administrator who fits well with our Selah culture and the quality educational opportunities we work hard to provide.  His enthusiasm, empathy, and ability to build relationships, will sustain the works of excellence that have already been accomplished.”

Stephanie Andler Amanda Scribner Hunter Sissom