Melanie Ready

After spending a good portion of her educational career in a large school district, Melanie Ready (pronounced “Reedy”) said she is interested in working for Tahoma because of its foundational beliefs and its smaller feel.

“Tahoma is family oriented. It’s definitely a community, and I value that so much,” Ready said in a phone interview.

Growing up in a small town in Colorado, playing school was a favorite pastime that soon cemented into a plan for her someday-profession.

“I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher,” Ready said. She never veered from that path, and earned her initial certificate in Colorado, where she began teaching before moving to Washington state.

Ready comes to Tahoma from the Mercer Island School District where she was an associate principal at Northwood and West Mercer Elementary schools; before that, she was an administrative intern at Sawyer Woods Elementary and previously worked as a mentor program specialist and a math instructional support specialist in the Kent School District. She taught a variety of elementary school grades from 2000-2010, and earned her principal certification and master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. 

Working in math instructional support and as a mentor for new teachers inspired the shift in her career to the administrative side.

“I’m excited to be a part of one school’s culture; to form those relationships and be there day to day,” Ready said.

She added that she is hoping to get to know everyone, listen and learn about what students, staff and families already love about LWES, and which areas aren’t working for all learners. “I look forward to hearing from everyone, getting to know the students and being part of the school community.”

She is excited about joining the Wildcat family and welcoming students, staff and families in the fall of 2020.

Melanie Ready

Lake Wilderness Elementary Principal

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