West Seattle schools: Connie Aleman announced as new principal of Gatewood Elementary

August 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 7 Comments

Thanks to the Gatewood Elementary parent who shared the announcement from Superintendent José Banda, e-mailed today:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Connie Aleman as your new principal, effective August 12, 2013.

Ms. Aleman comes to Gatewood from Wedgwood Elementary, where she was assistant principal last year. She is committed to a collaborative approach and we believe she will be a great fit for the Gatewood Elementary community.

Prior to joining the team at Wedgwood, Connie Aleman served as a STAR Mentor for Seattle Public Schools. In this role she worked with first- and second-year teachers to provide one-to-one mentoring and coaching. She previously worked as a principal intern at Alki Elementary and as site coordinator for summer school at Bagley Elementary. Ms. Aleman has taught elementary and middle school grades in Seattle Public Schools and also was the primary teacher for the autism program at Families for Effective Autism Treatment.

Ms. Aleman earned a Master’s in human development at Pacific Oakes College and a bachelor of arts in drama from the University of Washington. She holds Washington State principal and teacher certifications, and has participated in ongoing professional education and training.

Connie Aleman was selected after a hiring process that included input from staff and families. The selection team committee was particularly impressed with her coaching experience and experience with initiatives used at Gatewood such as the inclusion model.

The superintendent’s note concluded with a reminder that Gatewood’s principal of eight years, Rhonda Claytor, is moving on to lead Leschi Elementary, as announced July 3rd.


  1. Welcome to our neighborhood, Principal Aleman. I am excited to see your success.

    Comment by Mr Teach — 7:46 am August 13, 2013 #

  2. Agreed. Welcome to Gatewood! We can’t wait to work with you!

    Comment by shc — 9:12 am August 13, 2013 #

  3. Welcome to Gatewood! This will be an exciting year for all!

    Comment by Que — 6:14 pm August 13, 2013 #

  4. Why is there a photo of the new Alki principal but not GW principal?

    Comment by E — 9:36 pm August 13, 2013 #

  5. No photo available. I found the Alki principal’s photo on the Kent School District website. Have combed the web for usable photos and have found none of the Gatewood principal (if on a government website, fair use applies, but not from any other website) – same has gone with other principal announcements we’ve published; when departures, we usually have a photo from having photographed them somewhere along the line, but some of the arrivals, no photo. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:43 pm August 13, 2013 #

  6. I am sure Principal Aleman would pose for a photo tomorrow as the School leadership institute is at WSHS all day tomorrow.

    Comment by Pinkie — 7:41 pm August 14, 2013 #

  7. Haven’t heard of that before. Any additional info appreciated so we can try to sleuth it out; Google is not assisting so far. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 7:49 pm August 14, 2013 #

Sorry, comment time is over.

All contents copyright 2005-2015, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive. Here's how to contact us.
Entries and comments feeds. ^Top^