Washougal School District Superintendent Teresa Baldwin has announced her retirement.
Baldwin, 63, will make it official at the School Board meeting tonight.
Her retirement will become effective in July.
“Washougal has been the most wonderful place for this phase in my career,” she said.
Baldwin began working in the district in 2005 as assistant superintendent to then-Superintendent Bob Donaldson.
After he announced his retirement, she applied for the top job and was hired in May 2005, edging out 17 other applicants. She began working in her new position that August.
“Looking back to 2005 when I first came to the district as the assistant superintendent, I was so impressed with the accomplishments of [Donaldson].” she said. “Donaldson’s legacy was bringing staff and community together around the vision for bright, new school facilities through momentous support for a bond measure. That was the highest priority, and that legacy laid the groundwork for other system-wide improvements.”
When asked why she was retiring now, Baldwin said part of the reason was timing.
“The conventional wisdom among superintendents is that the best time to leave a district is when the superintendent’s leadership for improvement has produced results and the system is stable and ready for new leadership and further organizational enhancement,” she said. “In my view, the Washougal School District is perfectly positioned for organizational improvement under the leadership of a new superintendent.”