Woodland Intermediate School welcomes Denise Pearl, the new WIS Principal!

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Woodland Intermediate School Principal Denise PearlWoodland Public Schools proudly welcomes Denise Pearl as the new principal of Woodland Intermediate School starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

Denise currently serves as principal of Central Elementary School in the Hoquiam School District located in Hoquiam, Washington. Denise started her teaching career as an elementary teacher in a remote village in Honduras followed by teaching in Guam. She also taught fourth and fifth grade in the Hockinson School District and for other districts in the area.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Central Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from Walden University located in Baltimore, Maryland. Her love for working in education comes from helping others. “Education provides opportunities to help improve the lives of others,” she said. “I love being able to have a positive and sustaining impact on future generations of students and their families.”

Denise made the transition from teaching to becoming a school principal so she could make an even bigger impact on her schools. “I kept finding myself in mentoring situations with other teachers and realized I enjoyed encouraging and supporting the teachers as much as I did teaching itself,” she explained. “One of the wonderful parts of being a principal is having the opportunity to serve students, teachers, and families – it’s the best of both worlds!”

The small-town atmosphere of Woodland brought Denise to Woodland Intermediate School. “I really enjoy a smaller community where you get to know the families you serve,” said Denise. “I have always thought Woodland was beautiful, and I’m looking forward to finding a home in the area.” Denise and her husband also love nature and being outside, “Woodland is unique in all it has to offer from tulip and lilac fields to the beautiful rugged outdoors.”

Denise and her husband have been married for 27 years and have two grown children: her daughter teaches second grade in Ridgefield School District and her son is currently studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia. Denise and her husband, a pilot for Alaska Air Group, intend to find a home in Woodland.