NTPS School Leadership manages & supports our Principals
NTPS is proud to have a Leadership Team to support our school Principals! Principals need help too - and at the District level, the Leadership Team gives them oversight in decision-making, training, hiring, coordination, and coaching to help our school Principals lead their students and staff the best way they can.Some of the support our Leadership team brings to our District:
- Principal hiring process
- Principal professional development
- Principal coaching one-on-one
- Supervision and evaluation of Principals
- Coordination of Student Voice at District Level
- District Transfer Process
- Student HIB compliance and aid in investigation
- Support for bargaining (NTES, NTPA, Paras)
- Critical Incident on-site District Lead
- Administrative Recruitment and Support
- Response to Community/Parent School-based concerns
- Coordination of District Learning Walks
Troy Oliver, Assistant Superintendent, Leadership
I began my career in education in 1990 and in 1997 joined North Thurston Public Schools. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education, and a Master’s degree in Administration from Whitworth University. I began my career teaching English and History in a junior high school in Mead School District in North Spokane.
During my time in the North Thurston Public Schools I have served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Komachin Middle School before assuming the role as Executive Director of Secondary Education in the fall of 2006. Currently I am the Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership.
I am proud to work for a school system that is on a journey of continuous improvement guided by our Strategic Framework. Working with a talented group of principals, directors and instructional coaches makes this work possible. Together we strive to offer the best education opportunity for all students of North Thurston Public Schools.
Bob Richards, Director, Leadership
I began my career in education in 1997, and have been with North Thurston Public Schools since 2008. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Biola University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and principal certification from Seattle Pacific University. I began my teaching career as a band teacher at W. Mack Lyon Middle School in Overton, Nevada.
Prior to my work as Director of School Leadership, I was privileged to be the principal of Olympic View Elementary School – a three-time recipient of the Washington School of Distinction award for improvement in student achievement. Previous roles also include service as assistant principal of Sidney Glen Elementary School and music teacher at East Port Orchard Elementary School, both in South Kitsap School District. I also served as band teacher at King’s High School and King’s Junior High, and began my administrative work as the assistant principal at King’s Elementary School in Shoreline, Washington. The teaching experience that stretched me the most was the semester I taught multiple middle and high school subjects at Puebla Christian School in Puebla, Mexico, southeast of Mexico City.
In my current capacity, I enjoy offering mentorship, coaching, and support to principals and assistant principals throughout North Thurston Public Schools. I also serve as a contact and support for teachers interested in pursuing administrative credentials. As the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Compliance Officer for the district, I work to ensure safety and respect for all students in our school system. In close collaboration with my colleagues, my focus is seeing all of our graduates become “Empowered & Future-Ready.”
June 13, 2019 - Congratulations and thank you to our awesome principals and directors for their dedication and service to our students and schools! NTPS recently honored several of them for various achievements and recognitions. See who they are and give your own school's leadership a big thank you!
Michael Suhling didn’t always want to be a principal. In fact when he was 12 years old he wanted to be on stage playing music somewhere in the world. Then something changed. At about 16 years old, the Chambers Prairie principal of four years realized he “had a gift of giving music to people in a different way.” At 18, he was on his way to music education. “I wanted to repair struggling music programs that resembled the struggling high school program I attended,” said Suhling. Read more!
October 25, 2018 - Principal of Komachin Middle School Debbie Sarver has only been leading Komachin Middle School for three years, but her experience as a school administrator spans nearly 25 years in Georgia and Washington state. Read More!