Riverview School District

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Introducing Terri Bookey -
Carnation Elementary's New Principal

With more than 25 years of experience in education, Terri Bookey joins the Riverview School District as the new principal of Carnation Elementary, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Bookey spent the previous eight years as the Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs with Arlington Public Schools. In this role, she helped institute that district’s first early learning team and developed district-wide early learning plans. She obtained grants at the federal and state level, led the formation of all-day kindergarten in Arlington and collaborated with district administration and community leaders, fostering relationships, and building important partnerships.

When the opportunity came to return to an elementary building, however, the time seemed right to return to a school setting.

“I am so happy to be back in an elementary building again and am looking forward to partnering with the Carnation Elementary team this year,” Bookey says. “I am excited to work with my team to think outside of the box so that we can accomplish our core work of providing a quality education to every student.”

She began teaching in 1994 at Big Lake Elementary School in the Sedro-Woolley School District. Teaching kindergarten, 2nd grade, 6th grade, and K-6 special education over the course of nine years, Bookey realized her dream of being an educator; a dream that came to her very early in her life.

“My greatest influence was Mrs. Scott, my first-grade teacher,” she recalls. “She was a young, energetic leader who made learning fun. My family attended her wedding the summer before first grade and I remember she flew off in a helicopter with her new husband. Right then, I decided to become a teacher and I was convinced I would get married and fly off in a helicopter!”

And while she may or may not have made those helicopter dreams become a reality, her lifelong commitment to being an educator and working with children is undeniable.

“The idea of teaching really took hold and I never really considered any other career. I love spending time with children and having conversations with students is by far my favorite thing about being a principal.”

Leaving Sedro-Woolley, Bookey moved to Arlington in 2003, serving as Assistant Principal and, eventually Principal at Presidents Elementary from 2006-2012. During her time as a Director, she also served as the interim principal with Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center, a K-12 alternative learning environment, similar in design to our district’s Riverview Learning Center.

Through all the experiences she has had, she, like educators across the nation, are facing the realities and challenges of Remote Learning and virtual education. As a new principal in a new district, some might be hesitant to take on such important new roles in such uncertain times. At Carnation Elementary, Bookey sees only great opportunity.

“As educators, we clearly have many growth opportunities ahead of us this year. Moving to remote learning opens the door to teaching and learning in an innovative way that really is a life skill our students will need. I am hopeful and optimistic this experience will lead to changes in education which are very much needed.”

Please join us in welcoming Terri Bookey to Carnation Elementary and the Riverview School District, as we all wish her and her team a truly great year!