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 www.mcauliffeptsa.org.
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 13th 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!
Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Associate Principal: Holly Knowles
Greetings McAuliffe Challengers!
I am so excited and honored to be serving as your new Associate Principal for the 2022-2023 school year. I have heard nothing but the best about our school, our students, and our families. I cannot wait to see what the school year has in store for us!
For the last three years, I have served as the Assistant Principal of Naches Trail Elementary located in the Bethel School District. Prior to my administrative experience, I taught middle school math for six years. Both experiences have prepared me for the transition to the Lake Washington School District. I am passionate about ensuring all students feel that they belong in our school and can cultivate a love of learning. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, skiing, reading, and listening to podcasts.
I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you when school begins this fall. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.