Transition ahead for Westside School: Next head of school visits

March 27, 2012 at 11:28 am | In Sunrise Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

During the 9 years that Jo Ann Yockey has been head of school at Westside School (WSB sponsor), enrollment has doubled, from 130 to 268, and a middle-school program has launched, among other achievements. Now, Yockey is moving on to a new challenge, with a new job starting in July at Abiqua in Salem, Oregon. Her successor, Kate Mulligan, chosen by Westside’s board earlier this year, was at the Sunrise Heights campus this morning, visiting from her current job at Hualalai Academy, a K-12 school in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. We stopped by the school as Mulligan, at left in our top photo with Yockey, was finishing a school-community meet-and-greet. It’s a big week at Westside for other reasons – one of which you can glimpse toward the right side of the photo, a sign about the 23rd annual auction coming up Saturday. Even if you’re not going – you can bid in the online auction, continuing through Thursday night – the listing/bidding site is here.

Also happening at Westside, as we found out from communication/development director Jana Barber, who showed us around, new raised beds for an edible garden:

Barber says a grant from the Medina Foundation is helping fund the garden, where the students will grow food to donate to the West Seattle and White Center food banks, and they’re already raising seedlings in classrooms for short-season crops they hope to be able to harvest before this school year ends in June. Also growing inside the Westside building – this year’s baby salmon:

Westside second-graders raise salmon ever year, and these baby fish will be released into Fauntleroy Creek this spring.


  1. Ooh La La! They have great local stuff on the online auction!

    Comment by monkeyslice — 11:33 am March 27, 2012 #

  2. Love this school. Great addition to our neighborhood. Congratulations Kate and welcome to West Seattle!

    Comment by Neighbor — 12:28 pm March 27, 2012 #

  3. As a Westside parent, we cannot say enough about our gracious neighborhood! They have been welcoming, supportive and even have donated to our auction. Thank you so much for making this a great community!

    Comment by gowolves! — 8:07 pm March 28, 2012 #

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