Jessica Schenck, Planning Principal
Dear McFarland Families,
I am very excited to be McFarland Middle School’s incoming principal for the 2019-20 school year. As a former McFarland teacher and as a current McFarland parent myself, I care deeply about our school and ensuring our commitment to your children. One of the most important aspects of my job is to be an advocate for students by ensuring that they are learning and growing in a safe and welcoming environment. I am committed to working with our teachers to help all students grow academically, socially, and emotionally so that they are prepared for success in high school and beyond. Parents and families are also a key partner in the success of our students. This year we will be focused on creating open and regular lines of communication so you are informed about the great things your child is doing at McFarland.
My goal is that together we ensure that all students are given the opportunity to learn and grow into their interests and passions. This has been my philosophy since I began my career in education more than 16 years ago. Prior to coming to Othello in 2014, I worked in the Sunnyside School District. I earned a Masters in Teaching from Heritage University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Western Washington University. For the past two years I have served as the Othello School District’s director of STEAM education, and I am excited to bring my passion and expertise about classroom instruction and innovative ideas to McFarland.
If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions I encourage you to call me at 488-3326, email me at email@example.com, or leave a message on our McFarland Facebook page.
Carlos Gonzalez, Assistant Principal
Carlos M. Gonzalez, Jr. is entering his 18th year as an educator and will be serving the students and community of Othello as the Assistant Principal of McFarland Middle School. Mr. Gonzalez began his career in education as a Health and Fitness teacher and also served as a Reading Intervention Specialist from 2002-2007. In 2007, Mr. Gonzalez earned the Assistant Principal position at Othello High School until becoming the Principal of Othello High School in 2012. He served as the Principal of Othello High School from 2012 to 2016. He served as the Principal of Clarkston High School in the 2016-2017 school year and returned to Othello for this new school year. Mr. Gonzalez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University in 2000 and his Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Washington State University Tri-Cities in 2005. Mr. Gonzalez is a product of Othello and graduated from Othello High School in 1995. He is excited to return to his hometown with his wife, Marci, and four boys, Bo, Ezra, Mateo, and Elias. With ten years of administration experience at the high school level, Mr. Gonzalez is excited to bring his experiences in effective teaching practices, AVID, Professional Learning Communities, Special Education and 504, English Language Learning and student discipline and behavioral interventions to McFarland Middle School. He is an athletics and activities enthusiast and loves the whole school experience and looks forward to supporting the Othello School District's vision of developing our students toward global competencies.