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Hello Twin Lakes Families!
I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. I am excited to be joining the Twin Lakes Community! My name is Zachary Liedtke and I am the proud interim principal of Twin Lakes Elementary. For the last two years, I have been serving as the assistant principal at Lakeland Elementary here in Federal Way. Before that, I spent four years at Enterprise Elementary where I held the roles of 2nd and 3rd grade teacher and Literacy Development Teacher/ Admin Intern. I started out my career in Great Falls, Montana where I taught my first four years at Roosevelt Elementary teaching 2nd grade. I graduated from the University of Great Falls with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Literacy (2012), from the University of Texas at Arlington with a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction in Mathematics (2015), and from City University of Seattle with a Principal Certification (2020).
When not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going out running, walking, or hiking, and enjoying life. I recognize the importance of community and communication. At Twin Lakes, I want to build community with you. Therefore, every decision I make as interim principal is to support your child, your family, and the Twin Lakes community.
Our school mission guides what we do and why we do it – “Collaborate with staff, students, families and the community to maintain a learning focused culture where each scholar feels connected, safe, and empowered to contribute and achieve at their highest level”. We are deeply committed to this mission and stretching to learn, understand, and challenge practices as we continue to learn and develop as an anti-racist school community.
My Assistant Principal, Marisa Gines, and I are dedicated to further developing and leading our learning community in support of the goals outlined in the Federal Way Public Schools Strategic Plan. At Twin Lakes, our priorities are Goal 2 - Whole Child, and Goal 4 - Mastery of All Subjects. Specifically, our focus in alignment with Goal 2 will be on attendance, keeping a pulse on our students’ sense of belonging, and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to foster a safe, kind, and responsible learning-focused school climate. Our focus in alignment with Goal 4, will be building on the progress we have made toward supporting each scholar in meeting or exceeding grade level standard through whole, group, small group, and 1:1 support. I would love the opportunity to connect with you before the school year begins!
Thank you for your trust and partnership in your scholars learning journey, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or feedback. We are learning from our students and families every day to build a stronger community and to dream big!
Zachary Liedtke, Interim Principal
Marisa Gines, Assistant Principal