Walla Walla Public Schools announces JP Richards and Jason Olson have been named finalists for the Edison Elementary School Principal position. A required qualification, both candidates are bilingual. Parents and staff are encouraged to meet candidates Thursday, May 16 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Edison Elementary School Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present, if possible, for both candidate sessions (translation services will be available).
JP Richards currently serves as the Director of Human Resources in the Three Rivers School District in Grants Pass, OR. Prior to that he was in Tillamook, OR. He began as their Director of ELD before being promoted to elementary principal. Before his tenure in Tillamook, JP was a Vice Principal, and then Principal of Ponderosa Jr. High in Klamath Falls, OR. Before administration, he spent eight years as a Spanish teacher at the secondary level in addition to supervising Migrant/ELL summer school for K-6 students.
Jason Olson began his career in education as a middle school Spanish teacher, spending 6 years teaching Spanish at Valor Middle School in Woodburn, Or. He later served as student services specialist at the middle school for two years and was then promoted to assistant principal, where he served for four years. Jason then worked as an elementary principal at a dual language school in Hillsboro before moving to the West Linn/Wilsonville area, where he has since served in various elementary and middle school teaching and coordinator roles.
Meet and Greet Sessions (Thursday, May 16 - Location: Edison Elementary School Library):
• 3:30 p.m. Candidate JP Richards
• 4:00 p.m. Candidate Jason Olson
Current Principal Dr. Julie Perron has accepted the WWPS Director of Bilingual Education position. Her last day as Edison Elementary School Principal is June 30, 2019. The new principal will report July 1.