Finalists named for Green Park Elementary Principal position
Walla Walla Public Schools announces Cesar Hernandez and Amy Ford have been named finalists for the Green Park Elementary principal position. Parents, staff, community members and students are encouraged to meet the candidates Monday, May 23, 2022 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Green Park Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present for both candidate sessions (translation services will be available).
Cesar Hernandez is currently the Assistant Principal at Green Park Elementary. Hernandez was born and raised in Walla Walla where he attended Sharpstein and Green Park Elementary schools, Garrison Middle School and Walla Walla High School. He received an Associates of Art’s degree from Walla Walla Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University and a Master’s in Education from Eastern Washington University. Hernandez has been employed with Walla Walla Public Schools for 10 years, including three years as a para-professional at Garrison Middle School and Green Park Elementary, five years as a dual language teacher at Edison Elementary and two years at his current position.
“In my two years working at Green Park, I can say that my passion is truly centered around working with the students, staff and parents and being at a dual language school in the district,” said Hernandez. “As principal at Green Park, I will continue to build on the effective work that I’ve been a part of in previous years and work with the staff as we strive to improve and continue to keep Green Park a safe learning community for all students and staff.”
Ford is currently the Director of Walla Walla Online. Ford began her career in Walla Walla Public Schools 19 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 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. She is currently enrolled in the Principal Certification Program through Eastern Washington.
“If given the opportunity, I would help Green Park Elementary reach its fullest potential as a place of warmth and joy for its students and faculty,” said Ford. “I would aim to lead by example, and I am confident that my combination of professional experience and genuine passion for the elementary system is exactly what Green Park Elementary needs as the school enters a new chapter of leadership.”
Meet and Greet Sessions (Monday, May 23 - Location: Green Park Elementary Library):
• 4 p.m. Candidate Cesar Hernandez
• 4:25 p.m. Candidate Amy Ford
Current Principal Rick Kline is retiring at the end of the school year. The new principal will report July 1, 2022.