Degrees and Certifications:
WA State Principal Certification Danforth Educational Leadership Program, University of WashingtonM.Ed. Exceptional Children Western Washington UniversityWA State Teacher Certification , Western Washington UniversityElementary (K-3) & Special Education (P-12)B.A. Speech Pathology/Audiology Western Washington University
Mrs. Dana Whitehurst
Dear Westhill Community,
It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as principal of Westhill Elementary and I look forward to another exciting year partnering with our community and families to provide the best educational experience for all our children. I bring with me a diverse background of experiences within education including private and public instruction, curriculum and assessment development, consult teaching, college adjunct professorship, and program coordination. In addition I have been a para-educator, Ready Start teacher, school secretary, and am also a parent. The combination of these points of view has given me an interesting blended perspective and desire to give more to our public school system. These past experiences have also shaped my core beliefs and philosophy of education. For me, schools should be an integral part of the community they inhabit. Effective learning requires collaboration between staff, students, and families, grounded in mutual respect and trust. They should be focused on high expectations for all students, with equitable and excellent instruction, giving students the skills to achieve these expectations.
I believe that Westhill creates citizens who are a positive influence on our community and have a drive to continuously learn. The genuine collaboration between staff, students, and families fosters ownership of a rich school culture. Supporting our kids to be successful in school and confident in their lives is the center of our work. I am honored to both serve and live in this amazing community!