Ford promoted to direct Walla Walla Online
Longtime district educator Amy Ford has been promoted to Director of Walla Walla Online. Ford’s tenure begins July 1 as temporary Director Carina Stillman returns to Garrison Middle School next school year in her previous role as Assistant Principal.
“I was ready for a challenge and love the team and families at Walla Walla Online,” said Ford. “We believe in offering families choices and I am excited to be a part of such an innovative program.”
Ford began her career in Walla Walla Public Schools 18 years ago as a teacher at Berney Elementary. She later relocated to Edison Elementary where she taught 4th grade and was the LAP/Title Assessment Specialist. Ford, who is currently teaching 4th grade at Walla Walla Online, graduated from McLoughlin High School in Milton Freewater. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Communications and a Masters in Education from Portland State University.
Walla Walla Online is a free, online public school option for students kindergarten through 12th grade. This program features high-quality online curriculum supported by WWPS teachers. Each student is issued a district-provided chromebook and has access to WWPS athletics and activities. Walla Walla Online has a flexible schedule and great local support making it an ideal fit for families who desire a homeschooling option and with students who like to work at their own pace.
“We offer rigorous programming while utilizing guidance and support from highly qualified Walla Walla Public Schools teachers,” said Ford. “My hope moving forward would be to continue the great work that was started this year and build upon it, ensuring that all students have what they need to experience academic and social-emotional success.”
Ford says the Walla Walla Online team is working on modifying and building upon curriculum and interventions for students and families.
“I am also hoping to develop a strong home to school connection with families,” said Ford. “I am excited to continue this work.”
Ford enjoys spending time with her family and watching her girls perform in dance productions. She is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys camping and hiking.
To learn more about Walla Walla Online, visit: wallawallaonline.org.