Alejandro Vergara, Principal
Alejandro Vergara has an array of personal and professional experiences that have prepared him to impact our students' education at Othello High School in a positive manner. Alejandro graduated from Washington State University in 1995 with a degree in education and a minor in history. He secured his first teaching job in the Lake Chelan area acting as a first grade bilingual teacher. During his seven years with the Lake Chelan School District at Morgen Owings Elementary, Alejandro earned a Master's Degree in Bilingual and ESL Education from Heritage University. After serving as an elementary teacher, Alejandro felt the need for new challenges and went to work for the North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee for five years as a Migrant Curriculum Generalist. During those five years, Alejandro collaborated with 27 school districts in the North Central Washington region, providing program audits, program support, and professional development in ESL and Bilingual strategies to assist our language minority students excel academically and in their language acquisition process. In 2008 Alejandro earned a second Master's Degree in School Leadership and obtained his principal credentials through Heritage University. Having his administrator’s credentials allowed Alejandro to go back to his home town of Manson and become a Dean of Students/Teacher for three years at Manson Secondary School, a 7-12 school. Looking for the next step in his professional career, Alejandro and his family, composed of his wife Lorena and their five children, migrated to the Tri-Cities area in 2011 for him to become an Assistant Principal at Pasco High School. At Pasco High Alejandro worked with some great individuals and served a student population very similar to that of Othello High School. In 2016 Alejandro was granted a great opportunity by the Othello School District to come and serve as principal of Wahitis Elementary. Alejandro states, "I am thrilled and excited for the future of our students in the Othello School District. At Othello High School we are working hard on increasing our 'Collective Teacher Efficacy' to offer our students a high quality education in each and everyone of our classrooms. The staff and admin team together are devising effective strategies and putting the systems in place so that we can take Othello High School from 'Good to Great' in the very near future. Alejandro is honored to be your child's principal at Othello High School and looks forward to seeing increased student growth and graduation rates in the Othello School District.
Scott Swartz, Assistant Principal
Scott Swarts was born and raised in Moses Lake, WA. Scott is a 1988 graduate of Moses Lake High School where he earned a varsity letter in baseball. He graduated from Washington State University in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology. His first job after WSU was at Big Bend Community College as a Scientific Instructional Technician for nearly four years. During that time, he was searching for a teaching job and was fortunate enough to have been hired by the Othello School District at McFarland Junior High School (at the time) teaching math and science. After six years at MJH, Scott made the jump to OHS where he taught mainly math for fourteen years. While at OHS, he enrolled in Heritage University to work on his Master's in Education Degree. In 2001, he earned a MEd. in Professional Development. After looking at his next move within education, he decided to pursue his Principal's Certificate, also through Heritage University. He completed his principal's credentials in 2004. In June of 2017, Scott was hired as the new Assistant Principal at Othello High School. He is very excited to help lead our staff and students to greatness. "I feel that with hard work and determination, OHS will be the high school that all students will want to attend in the Columbia Basin," says Scott. At OHS, we have great opportunities such as College in the classroom, CB Tech, and AP courses to provide a challenging curriculum so our students are prepared to be college and career ready. Scott has a variety of educational experiences that will help our students make great strides in education while at OHS.
James Wood, Assistant Principal
Jim was born and raised in the small Midwestern farming community of Montevideo Minnesota. After graduating from high school he joined the U. S. Air Force and served in the Strategic Air Command supporting the mission of upgrading and protecting the Minuteman Nuclear Missile Arsenal. After completing his enlistment and being honorably discharged, Jim attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana during the school year and worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School, an outdoor education program, during the summer. After graduating from U of M, Jim worked in the field of business and real estate development while helping coach local high school cross-country, swimming, and ski teams. It was his coaching experiences that led him back to college and into secondary education. With a degree in English and Education, Jim taught Language Arts at schools located in Montana on the Crow and in Idaho on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation before earning a Masters of Education Leadership from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. During the 2017/2018 school year, Jim was an assistant principal at Harlem High School on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana home of the A’aninin and Nakoda Tribes. In 2018, Jim was selected to be one of the assistant principals at Othello High School, and is excited to be a part of the team helping to lead the school toward becoming a Washington State School of Distinction. His goal is to support students in their development personally and academically while they are progressing through and completing high school.