Meet our Admin Team

Principal: Brady Howden

All students future ready!



Dear Parents and Students:


Welcome to Christa McAuliffe Elementary School!


We consider it a great privilege to work with your children and look forward to fostering a fun, nurturing, and challenging learning environment for them at McAuliffe. The staff at McAuliffe places an emphasis on collaborating with each other so that students are receiving the best instruction possible. We believe that all students have the ability to succeed, both academically and personally, and look forward to working with your child to accomplish this goal.


Parental involvement is a key component to the success of students at McAuliffe. We welcome and encourage parent volunteers and hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities available to you. These opportunities include attending/volunteering at PSTA events, working in classrooms, chaperoning field trips, and more. Please contact your child’s teacher for ways to become involved in the classroom. You can find information about how to be involved with our PTSA on their website


We are excited to continue our “Reach for the Stars” program at McAuliffe. This program promotes a positive school culture through positive reinforcement and an incentive program for students. Students are encouraged to “Be Safe and Responsible”, “Be Kind and Respectful”, and “Be Your Best”. Our Reach for the Stars program is aligned with the life skills as defined on the LWSD school report card and is supported with our school discipline policy.


Our staff is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students and families. We celebrate our students' diversity and prioritize the physical and emotional safety of everyone. McAuliffe’s diversity is strength of our school and something we celebrate as a community.


We ask that you take a moment to read through the parent-student handbook as a family. It contains important information that will help you and your child have a successful year. I also encourage you to explore our school website as it also includes helpful information about our school and district.


I am honored to begin my 14th year as the principal of Christa McAuliffe Elementary. I am grateful to work with such talented educators, supportive parents, and amazing students. I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure that McAuliffe Elementary is a wonderful place for children to learn and develop academically and socially.


Thank you for entrusting us with your children. We are grateful for your support and consider it a privilege to teach your children each day.


Here’s to another great year at McAuliffe!




Brady Howden


Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

Associate Principal: Holly Knowles

Greetings Challengers!

My name is Holly Knowles and I am new not only to McAuliffe but the Lake Washington School District as well. Although being here is new, this area is very familiar to me. I grew up in Issaquah and was a student in the Issaquah School District (ironically going to high school just down the road from McAuliffe!). After I finished my k-12 education I began my studies at the University of Washington before beginning my teaching career as a middle school math teacher in the Providence Public School District. After six years in the classroom I made the transition into administration and am currently in my fourth year as an elementary school associate principal. Outside of school, I love to ski, read non-fiction, and spend time with my family and friends.