Richard Mellish named Newcastle Elementary principal

June 23, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 2:45 p.m. June 23, 2014

The lions have a new leader.

Richard Mellish will take over as Newcastle Elementary School’s principal, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced in an email to the school community.

Mellish comes to Newcastle from the Mercer Island School District, where he served as principal of West Mercer Elementary School.

“If there is one core value that I would share initially, it would be the value of community,” Mellish said. “I believe that for students to grow and learn at their best, strong collaboration and partnerships among the staff team and with our families is critical.

I understand that Newcastle is built on a strong foundation of partnership, and I hope to support, deepen and further encourage quality collaboration, trust and engagement among the whole learning community.”

Thiele said Mellish is a dedicated educator, leader and skilled administrator.

“One of his strengths is working with staff and parents in promoting a culture of collaboration to develop a dynamic educational environment for students and staff alike,” Thiele said.

Mellish replaces outgoing Principal Marla Newton. Newton left at the end of the school year to take a job as a principal at a Federal Way School District elementary school.

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