Principal, John Patton

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    John Patton
    (360) 221-6808, ext. 5406 

    John Patton


    No better place to be! 

    We are ready to begin another great school year!

    As many of you are aware, we are completing the major transition of the 7th and 8th grade moving to SWHS campus.  The SWHS staff is thrilled to have their middle school colleagues and students share our campus.  This will help increase collaboration throughout the the 7-12 grade bands and strengthen our school community.  I look forward to working with our new Middle School Principal, Mr. James Swanson. Also, I look forward to the added responsibility of Principal of South Whidbey Academy 7th and 8th grade which will be under the daily direction of Mr. Charlie Davies to ensure ALL of our students have increased opportunities for differentiated instruction.  I will continue other roles as Principal of South Whidbey H.S.(9-12), Principal of South Whidbey Academy(9-12) and District Career and Technical Director.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new staff to SWHS.  Mr. Roy Newton(Spanish) previously taught at Mercer Island H.S. and just recently completed a motorcycle trip across the world.  Mrs. Carla McDowell(Counselor) an alumni of Oklahoma State University, comes from Midwest City High School outside of Oklahoma City.  Mrs. Melissa Pritchett(SPED-Life Skills) comes from Sedro-Woolley S.D. were she headed and created  a highly specialized program for students with severe disabilities.  Mrs. Brittany Brandt(C.T.E./Leadership), taught ELA at Ledyard High School in Connecticut. last year.  She is a graduate of Florida International University and has worked as a Communication Specialist in Doha, Qatar.  Ms. Vicki Cable(Math) will be teaching a variety of Math courses this school year and alumni Seth Raabe will be our new Agriculture teacher, he most recently worked at a large farm in Hawaii.  Please welcome them all to our community family!

    We are also pleased that four LMS staff members from last year will have new roles at SWHS this year.  Mary Eaton will be the 7-12 Head Secretary, Debra Richards will be our 7-12 Library Clerk,  Tom Sage will be teaching two 9-12 Shop Classes and Sue Anne Brewer will be our 7-12 Tech T.O.S.A.

    John Patton

    SWHS/SWA Principal