Jessica Schenck, Principal
Dear McFarland Families,
As a former McFarland teacher and parent, 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.
In this year of online instruction, communication between school and families is even more important. Every Wednesday we publish the MMS Connections newsletter. This is sent to parents by text and email as well as posted on this website and Facebook. Teachers are also reaching out to parents more with Talking Points text messages, Google Classroom updates, and regular phone calls and emails. If you are not getting these communications, please call the school office at 488-3326 to give us your updated contact information.
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 17 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message on our McFarland Facebook page.
Carlos Gonzalez, Assistant Principal
Carlos M. Gonzalez, Jr. is entering his 19th year as an educator and loves serving the students and community of Othello as the Assistant Principal of McFarland Middle School. Mr. Gonzalez began his career in education in the North Franklin School District 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 in 2017. 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. With 13 years of administration experience at the secondary level, Mr. Gonzalez is very capable and confident in his experiences in leading effective school systems, supporting social-emotional learning of students and staff, effective teaching practices, AVID, Professional Learning Communities, Special Education and 504, English Language Learning and student discipline and behavioral interventions, etc. 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. Mr. Gonzalez is married to Marci Gonzalez, a talented and incredible 5th-grade teacher at Lutacaga Elementary School in the Othello School District. They have four amazing boys: Bo, Ezra, Mateo, and Elias.
Brenda Dunn, Assistant Principal
Brenda Dunn serves the Othello School District as the Assistant Principal at McFarland Middle School and brings 28 years of educational experience with her. Prior to joining OSD, Brenda has worked as a middle school math teacher in Maysville, Oklahoma and Tacoma, Washington. In addition to classroom teaching experience, Brenda has taught Math Methods I & II for City University of Seattle, served as a building and district instructional coach, and Dean of Students. Brenda holds a WA teacher certification in Elementary Education, a WA K-12 Administrative certification, and has earned her National Boards in Adolescent Mathematics. She has also earned her Master's Degree in Education in 2000 and her Bachelor Degree of Education with endorsements in mathematics, science, and social studies in 1992.
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I join the McFarland Middle School team as your assistant principal. Along with the excitement, I realize the great responsibility that I have to inspire, empower, and influence our students and staff. It is my belief that students grow and achieve more when they are surrounded by involved and compassionate teachers. I am greatly looking forward to working with you to give our students what each and every one of them deserve -- a quality, rigorous education that will prepare them for success in high school and beyond.