|District names two new Wa-Hi Assistant Principals|
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors during a special board meeting Wednesday named Matthew Bona and Jim Boyce new assistant principals of Walla Walla High School.
Bona and Boyce succeed current Wa-Hi Assistant Principals Brandon Jensen and Ron Higgins. Jensen has accepted a high school assistant principal position in Wyoming and Higgins is replacing retiring Len Taruscio as the district’s assessment director.
Bona has spent the past four years as Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Lake Roosevelt High School in Coulee Dam, WA. Bona was responsible for discipline and attendance, after-school programs, and numerous school safety supervision positions. Bona has experience teaching at the high school and college levels.
He also has extensive athletic coaching experience, including serving as the Lake Roosevelt High School Head Varsity Football coach. Bona’s specialized training includes: Training in Cops in Schools, Proven Practices for Learning Communities, Meth Watch Community Presenter, and Data Driven Decision Making. He also helped develop new student learning plans, improved the school’s student handbook and led crisis management team efforts.
Bona earned his Administrative Certification from Heritage University, Master of Science in Education-Health Degree from Western Oregon University, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho with a major in secondary education (history) and a minor in health.
Boyce has been an educator for nearly 20 years and has spent the past year as Dean of Student Affairs at White River High School in the White River School District (Pierce County, WA). Boyce has experience leading school improvement efforts and was responsible for heading the school’s accreditation process. He is skilled in data analysis and classroom instructional techniques, student motivation, and Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) preparation.
Boyce has experience teaching at the high school and college levels and also has extensive athletic coaching experience, including leading softball and cross-country teams to state tournaments. Boyce’s long list of personal awards in education includes: National Board Certification – Science, National Teacher of the Year, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award, and Horace Mann Educator Scholarship recipient. Boyce has also qualified for the Boston Marathon, climbed Mount Rainer and traveled to 25 foreign countries.
He earned his Administrative Certification from Heritage University, Master’s in Educational Technology Degree from City University, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington with a major in Microbiology.
Bona and Boyce begin July 1. For more information, contact Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan at (509) 526-6711.