Dear Fernwood Families and Friends,
It is with heart-felt warmth that I introduce myself to the Fernwood community. I am excited to be one of many members focused on our shared commitment towards student achievement. For the past thirteen years, I have been dedicated to the field of education. During this time, my experiences include teaching in the classroom, coaching track, and supporting the professional growth of teachers. Most recently, I was the assistant principal at Canyon Creek here in the Northshore community.
Prior to beginning my journey as an educator, I graduated from Issaquah High School after moving from the Midwest. I attended the University of Washington where I also participated as a student athlete. I was so struck with Husky pride that I returned there to receive both my masters in teaching and education.
One thing you will learn about me is that I hold relationships at the heart of all my work. The best part of my day is being able to talk with students about their learning, engaging with staff about their teaching, and listening to families’ hopes for their child(ren). Although Fernwood is the largest elementary school in the district, it is my goal to foster an environment where all families feel valued and a sense of belonging. This past week, I have been spending time with some of our staff members. A common theme I continue to observe and hear is that Fernwood Elementary is a welcoming community with individuals who truly care about all students. I value both of these characteristics and look forward to working with staff, students, and families towards a continuous path of excellence.
Very soon the sounds of our learners will fill our hallways and classrooms. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of numerous smiling faces as we spend these last few days engaged in the many tasks in preparation to greet and be ready for all students and families.
Proud Fernwood Principal
Dear Fernwood Families and Community,
I am so very excited and honored to join the Fernwood Elementary Community. Fernwood’s inclusive focus on the social-emotional as well as academic learning and success of all students align with my own beliefs in the importance of educating the whole child. I am so happy to join this supportive community and promise to do my utmost each day to support our students, families and staff as we continue our learning and growth together.
For twenty years I have dedicated myself as an educator in the Edmonds School District. Over the course of my career, I have taught grades 3 through 6, been a teacher leader, and a member of the Washington State Fellows’ Program for ELA. I hold endorsements for elementary K-8 and secondary English and Anthropology. I hold a Bachelors in Liberal Studies from the University of Washington-Bothell, Teacher’s Certification from Western Washington University, a Masters in Education from Lesley University and my Principal’s Certification from Eastern Washington University.
I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. As this school year approaches, I know it will be a journey filled with new challenges and celebrations that we will experience together. Hearing the laughter and voices of children learning brings such joy to a school. I can’t wait to begin this journey with you!
Cassie Morton, Assistant Principal
Fernwood Elementary School