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A change for Glacier Peak High School

SNOHOMISH — Jim Dean, Glacier Peak High School’s first and until now only principal since it opened in 2008, has left the building.
A new principal, Snohomish-grown Jeff Larson, has taken the helm at Glacier Peak.
Dean is the new executive director for the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington, a group that runs a family shelter in Everett. Dean’s last day at Glacier Peak was June 30.
Dean had been a longtime board member at Interfaith. The shelter connects families in need for social services. 
“I’ve (spent) 38 years in education and 30 years as an administrator, so I was sitting down and looking at the quality of life and it’s an opportunity to give back to my community apart from education,” Dean told the Tribune last week. “This is my chance to take it there, to run a family shelter in Everett and help kids directly. I knew homeless kids in GPHS, and now I can do something more about it.”
Dean said being a principal was all about building relationships
with the kids, parents and staff.
“One of the things we really committed to when we opened the doors (of GPHS), was that ‘relationship’ is key. Building positive relationships – for students, parents and that’s part of being a good principal, you know, relationships and being present, going to the events. I will miss them all, but, without me they’ll make it just fine!”
Dean wrote in all-staff email that “this is a decision that I have come to with great soul searching. I love the people at GPHS and am very proud of what we have accomplished together in the past nine years. GPHS is a great school with countless accomplishments. I believe that the wonderful staff, excellent parents and outstanding kids will be able to go ever further with new leadership in the principal’s office. Know that I will always feel that this place is my home and will fondly watch as the GPHS students continue to show the world what they can do.” 

Who is Jeff Larson?


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New Glacier Peak principal Jeff Larson took over on July 1.


From a pool of seven candidates, the school district hired Jeff Larson, who was until recently the principal at Haller Middle School in Arlington. Larson met the school board at their June 29 meeting, and told the board members he was excited to start at GPHS. 
“To say that I’m excited is an understatement
probably,” Larson said. “To be back home here, in an admin job, I’m the luckiest guy in town.”
Larson was raised in Snohomish, having attended Riverview Elementary, Valley View Middle School and Snohomish High School, graduating in 1988. His two young sons will be attending elementary school in Snohomish this upcoming school year now that dad is back in town.
Larson is a former construction worker, basketball coach and co-athletic director at Lake Washington School District. He told the school board in an ideal education world with lots of funding, he’d want to implement more skills and trades classes. 
“That’s what taught me respect, problem-solving, was working with my hands. I think we’re losing that
respect for hard work and creativity, but it’s really interesting what we’re facing in schools now,” Larson said.

 

 

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