A Letter from Principal Richardson

  • Amy Richardson Welcome to South Bay Elementary! I am extremely honored to be the principal of this amazing school.  I am very grateful to work every day with all of the talented and dedicated South Bay staff as we strive to provide the best educational experience possible for all our students.

    It is my belief that with everyone working together towards a common goal, we can achieve great things. South Bay’s successes thus far would not be possible without a strong partnership with our families and community. I look forward to continuing these partnerships as we work together each year.

    This year marks my 21st in education. I have experience as a teacher, instructional coach, mentor, dean of students, assistant principal, and am thrilled to be the principal of South Bay Elementary. I am a dedicated learner and look forward to continuing my education in the near future. I have been married for 28 years to my husband, Bob, and we have two wonderful daughters, both who have been educated in the North Thurston Public Schools. My oldest graduated from Timberline in 2012 and my youngest graduated just last year! 

    I believe that all of our students can and will be successful when provided with a safe, equitable, caring environment in which to learn. Teachers, parents, support personnel, administration, and community members all play an important role in achieving this end. I very much enjoy talking with families and community members, please feel free to stop in any time to say, “Hello”, or let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Let's make the 2019/20 school year the best one yet!

    Amy Richardson
    360-412-4640

A Letter from Assistant Principal McDonald

  • Shawn McDonald I'm Mr. McDonald (Mr. McD.), your Assistant Principal! I am so excited to continue serving the South Bay Elementary community. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Mrs. Richardson and the staff of South Bay for the supportive climate they have collaboratively established to support our amazing students. South Bay is a wonderful place to work with kids! We have an enthusiastically dedicated and compassionate staff. In addition, our resilient, hardworking students and loving and supportive families make South Bay a destination school within Thurston County. Our community of stakeholders is why South Bay's longstanding tradition of excellence will continue for years to come. 

    A little about me, I was born in Seattle; my family moved to Thurston County when I was two and have lived here ever since. In January of 2003 I married my wife, Crystal. We have three beautiful children. Our son Avery (15), and daughters Juliana (12) and Emma (10) keep Mrs. McDonald and me busy! My years in education include nine years teaching, four years of school counseling and this is my second year as your Assistant Principal. I am overwhelmed by the support of my teaching, support staff, and administrative colleagues here at South Bay and throughout North Thurston Public Schools, as well as all of the wonderful students and families with whom I have had the pleasure of working. I look forward to working with all of you throughout the 2019/20 school year. I hope to give back with the same enthusiasm and energy that has been shown to me throughout my fifteen years with NTPS. 

    My philosophy of education is built around a firm belief that all children are capable of success, without exception. I believe, in an equitable education where individual needs are met to create a level playing field for all students. Research shows, that strong relationships between students and caring and invested adults can make the difference in turning potential student success into a reality. As a leader, I hope to collaborate in building the relationships that promote the academic success of all students. As a former teacher, school counselor, and now an Assistant Principal, I am well versed in academic, behavioral and social emotional teaching and learning strategies. Raising children in the 21st century requires that schools and families work together to develop the whole child from early childhood towards a successful future. I am proud to be a part of North Thurston Public Schools, where we have a vision of “All Students Empowered and Future-Ready!” I look forward to the opportunity to work with the community of South Bay Elementary school to build a strong foundation for the success of all students. We truly are, "Stronger Together"!

    Shawn McDonald
    360-412-4640
    smcdonald@nthurston.k12.wa.us