Superintendent Art Jarvis has announced that Allison (Ali) Shepard has been selected as the new principal at Harbor Heights Elementary School.
Shepard brings over 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher and educational leader to Harbor Heights. She served as an elementary teacher in three school districts between 1998 and 2007, and has served as the principal of Chambers Primary School in University Place since 2014. Shepard’s 13 years of leadership and school administration experience also includes serving as a principal and assistant principal in Tacoma Public Schools, a principal in North Thurston Public Schools, and a principal intern in the Peninsula School District.
Shepard’s education background includes a master’s degree in education and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Nevada. She completed her administrator certification at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2007.
Shepard is a highly-skilled communicator who is passionate about building a school culture that encourages continuous improvements for teachers, students, and the community. She is experienced in meeting the needs of underserved students while creating a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment.
She will officially begin her new role as principal on July 1, 2021.
Current principal, David Bentler, announced he accepted a two-year contract to be an assistant principal/math teacher at TEDA Global Academy, a 240 student K-12 International School near Beijing, China beginning next school year.