July 15, 2021
Dear Orting students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members,
I am both honored and excited to have been named by the Board of Directors as the next Superintendent of the Orting School District. The Orting School District and the Orting community are near and dear to my heart. This district and community have much to offer in the way of personal relationships, amazing care for one another, a sense of community, and tremendous support for one another. I have benefited personally and professionally from these and other values this community has to offer and I look forward to using these strengths to help our school system continue to grow and improve.
I have had the pleasure of working in public education for 23 years now. I was a middle school teacher, coach, and athletic/activity advisor. I have been a middle school and high school assistant principal and I served as the Orting High School principal for four years. I have six years of central office experience in the Orting and Enumclaw school districts focused on teaching and learning and business and operations. My wife Kim teaches Spanish at Enumclaw High School and I have two boys. My oldest, Hunter, attends the University of Washington and studies Electrical Engineering. My youngest, Jacob, recently graduated and is attending Washington State University. Recreationally, I enjoy hiking, mountaineering, diving, and other outdoor activities.
The Board of Directors has charged me with three primary tasks:
- Work collaboratively to improve student learning outcomes;
- Set the Orting School District up for success in planning and preparing for growth, and;
- Maintain ongoing engagement and communication with the community through a lens of accountability, collaboration, and transparency.
I look forward to connecting with stakeholders over the next couple of months as we envision what our school district can become. The last year and a half was the most challenging time I have experienced both professionally and personally. We want to lean into this next school year with the idea of Every Student, Every Day. We need our students back in classrooms with staff members who care deeply for them and that will challenge them to flourish and grow academically while we are caring for and supporting their social/emotional needs. I want to challenge us, however, to think longer-term about how we can innovate education to prepare students today for a changing tomorrow.
As your leader, we will bring high expectations to the system through a culture of care and support. We must ensure our system is equitable and inclusive for all students, staff, and community. Ongoing communication and collaboration are key. Your voice in this journey is important and critical to our success. We will conduct regular surveys to gather stakeholder input on our strategic work.
It is an exciting time for the Orting School District, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. Please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy summer. We will see you in the fall.
Your partner in education,
William (Ed) Hatzenbeler
Superintendent, Orting School District