Walla Walla Public Schools has partnered with Walla Walla Community College who will be assigning Samantha Bowen to help lead the district's Early Learning Center development process from now through June.
“She will be directing the incredible amount of outreach, engagement, development and planning required to implement our Board and community's vision as we repurpose Blue Ridge Elementary into a comprehensive center for children and families,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “From the development of our state-funded, four-year-old Jump Start kindergarten program, to identifying and coordinating community partners, to outlining shared facility-use agreements, Mrs. Bowen is the perfect person to help us lead our historical and transformational early learning efforts.”
Bowen is the Director of Early Childhood and Parenting Education at Walla Walla Community College where she offers vision, direction and support to faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, for more than 11 years, Bowen has coordinated the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition, a collaborative network of organizations which act as a catalyst for improving and expanding early learning opportunities for all children in the Walla Walla Valley.
She served for five years as the Director of Early Learning at Educational Service District 123, overseeing the regional implementation of WaKIDS and initiating state-funded ECEAP preschool programs in five school districts. Bowen has been recognized as a leader in early learning system development and participates on a number of local, regional and statewide committees focused on improving outcomes for children and families. She is a native resident of the valley, attending Berney Elementary School before moving across the border to Milton-Freewater for middle and high school. Bowen has a Bachelor's degree in Business and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She and her husband Paul are the parents of 15-year-old twin boys who attend Walla Walla High School and foster parents to a three-year-old girl.