New principal hired for Commodore Options School

David Shockley has been hired as the new principal for the Odyssey Multiage, the Mosaic Home Partnership and Eagle Harbor High School programs.

Shockley replaces Catherine Camp, the longtime alternative learning champion and Commodore Options School principal who retired in June.

“We are very excited to have Dave join our team, and he is thrilled to be joining us," said Peter Bang-Knudsen, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services for the Bainbridge Island School District.

"We look forward to Dave’s understanding of powerful teaching and learning protocols and differentiated instruction,” Bang-Knudsen said.

Shockley will serve as the new principal starting in the 2012-13 school year.

“I look forward to working with a smaller academic community where students, parents and staff collaborate to develop a more personalized educational program,” he said.

The district's new leader comes to Bainbridge Island from the Meridian School District, where he is currently the director of program development and specializes in the district’s home-school partnership program.

Previously, he was the principal at Meridian High School, and before that he worked as an assistant principal at Meridian and in the Anacortes School District.

He has also taught as an advanced-placement U.S. history teacher at Bellingham and Squalicum high schools.

Shockley's career in education totals 23 years.

Tim Yeomans, outgoing superintendent of the Meridian School District, said Shockley has made a difference in each of the key roles he's had during his career.

“Dave has had a positive impact on the lives of staff and students in every position he has held in the field of education,” said Yeomans, his current supervisor.

Shockley received his bachelor's degree, teaching certificate, master's and educational administrator degrees from Western Washington University.

He is expected to attend a school board meeting later this month for his first introduction to the Bainbridge community.


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