Welcome New 2023-24 Superintendents Across ESD 113

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Capital Region ESD 113 would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the following new superintendents in the region:

Brennan Bailey | Toledo

Kevin Bogatin | Tumwater

Kevin Bogatin

With over 25 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator, Mr. Bogatin is currently the superintendent of the Tumwater School District. He most recently served as superintendent of the North Bend School District and was named a 2021 Bay Area Excellence in Education Award winner for his work in establishing a high school alternative program and enhancing student opportunities in CTE programs and special education.

Mr. Bogatin graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and completed graduate studies at the University of Phoenix and the University of Oregon. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Beaverton School District and then spent ten years as an Associate Principal and Principal in Lake Oswego and Lebanon. He was Assistant Superintendent of Corvallis School District, where he helped grow and expand its Dual Language Immersion program and adopt a district-wide student one-to-one technology program.

Mr. Bogatin is celebrating his 32nd wedding anniversary with his wife, Cameo and they have two children.

Dr. Mark Chandler | Mossyrock

Dr. Mark Chandler

Dr. Hayward Mark Chandler is a career educator. Prior to serving Mossyrock as superintendent, Dr. Chandler was a special education teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the 7th most diverse in the country. Before coming to Gwinnett, Dr. Chandler served in the ranching community of Des Moines, New Mexico. While there, the district ranked in the top five percent of schools and was named by Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds: America’s Top Schools for Low-Income Students.” Dr. Chandler served ten years as a principal for the Gallup-McKinley County School System in Gallup, New Mexico. He led two initiatives to improve school climate and academic achievement at an elementary and middle school on the Navajo Nation.

Dr. Chandler’s school experiences include serving as coach, athletic director, housing manager, safety team member, and testing coordinator. His participation in Principals Pursuing Excellence, a New Mexico Department of Education program, honed his passion for team building and instructional improvement through coaching and mentoring.

Dr. Chandler enjoys outdoor activities, nature, history and different cultures, sports, traveling, and time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Advice to your younger self?

“Take more risks rather than doubt yourself. You are capable and need to trust yourself… Be more kind to others.”

Bob Garrett | Winlock

Bob Garrett

After teaching for two years in Wishram, WA, I became a superintendent at the age of 27. I have now been a superintendent for over 42 years and have thoroughly enjoyed my career in education. All of my experience has been in small school districts (Wishram, Lyle, Wahkiakum, Toutle Lake and now Winlock). I have a heart for kids and honestly believe that there is no greater calling than that of an educator.

I am not known for being financially wealthy, but when it comes to family, I am filthy rich! My wife, Diane, and I have been married for over 40 years. We have four grown children and nine grandchildren. And they are the light of my life!

Advice to your younger self?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff – it’s all small stuff!”

Dr. Lance Gibbon | Hood Canal

Dr. Lance Gibbon

Dr. Lance Gibbon has served a diverse range of students, staff, and families for three decades. A 4th generation educator in Washington State, Lance has been a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher. 

Lance’s efforts have contributed to improved student achievement, expanded opportunities, and state and national awards. After earning a B.A. in Music Education, he received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education from Seattle Pacific University.  

A long-time professional musician, Lance plays keyboards at his school and church. He enjoys spending time with family and camping with his wife in their retro trailer.

Advice to your younger self?

“Take more time to reflect on moments of accomplishment and failure. Write down why you think it went well or not. What would you do the same or differently? Don’t be so worried about quickly moving on to the next project or event. Soak it in along the way – those lessons will come in very handy down the road.”

Brenda Padgett | Onalaska

Rich Rasanen | Wishkah Valley

Advice to your younger self?

“You will reflect on everything I am telling you 20 years from now, but ignore it until then.”

Telisa Reed | Griffin

Dr. Jim Shank | North Beach

James Shank

Dr. Jim Shank is the new superintendent of North Beach School District. Dr. Shank has served as a superintendent for fifteen of his 33 years in public education. Prior to North Beach, he served as the superintendent of Idaho Falls School District in Idaho Falls, ID. 

Dr. Shank’s education career began as a special education paraprofessional and progressed from special education teacher to principal, program director, and superintendent. He has always enjoyed the great work of student learning for all students.

Dr. Shank marks his greatest success as having raised six children with his spouse of over 35 years. 

Advice to your younger self?

“If I were to give my younger self one piece of advice I would have to say, focus on caring and effective relationships and keep working hard for all of the families of the communities you serve. They are depending on you.”

Neil Varble| Boistfort

Superintendent Neil Varble

 This is my second year in Boistfort, but I am returning as the Superintendent and Principal. Last year, I had the opportunity to learn from neighboring districts and work alongside passionate educational leaders!

Our school has an incredibly supportive community and dedicated staff working hard to support students and families. My wife and three young children (ages 9, 8, and 4) are in the process of building a house on 5 acres of beautiful land! We are beyond excited to bring this dream to reality!

Advice to your younger self?

“Always listen to your gut instinct. If it doesn’t seem right, you’re likely correct.”

Chris Woods | Yelm

Chris WoodsWoods earned a B.A. from Central Washington University in K-8 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education, an M.A. in School Administration and Principal Certification from City University, and a Superintendent Certification from Seattle Pacific University.

Raised in Thurston County, his commitment to youth and the community is evident in his having attended Olympia schools as well as over 20 years of experience and expertise serving youth of all ages and grade levels. He was Assistant Superintendent at Tumwater School District and then served as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.

Hired as the Superintendent of Yelm Community Schools in 2023, Woods brings a commitment to youth and community collaboration through his experiences as a teacher, principal, administrator, coach, board member, volunteer, and CEO.

Advice to your younger self?

“Take time to ask people how they are doing…and then wait to listen to their response. We often ask people how they are doing as a greeting, but we don’t often pause long enough to wait for a response and show that we really care.”