Meet Our Administrators
Welcome to WAVA and the beginning of our 2020-2021 School Year!
We are so excited to have you with us this year. Whether this is your first year at WAVA or your 10th, we want to make sure to partner with you for your success! While your teacher is your first go to for any help or questions you might have, we also have a team of school level support to help you throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have questions or need support.
Meet Our Head of School - Summer Shelton
WAVA’s Head of School is Summer Shelton. Ms. Shelton has worked in education for nearly twenty years. Prior to her service at WAVA, Ms. Shelton served as a building leader in the School District of Philadelphia to increase academic and educational experience outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students and families. Before landing in Philadelphia, Ms. Shelton held leadership roles at K12. She served as the Academic Professional Development Coordinator at ISPA, in which she orchestrated the training of all staff during the launch year. As the Instructional Specialist for the Northern Region of K12, she played an integral part in launching programs as part of the Students First initiative. Ms. Shelton began her K12 career as a classroom teacher and leader at TNVA in 2011.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Shelton was an educational leader in Tennessee, Mississippi, Czech Republic, and South Korea. She holds a B.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Southern Mississippi and a M.Ed. in Learning & Technology from Western Governors University. She received her leadership certification through Philadelphia’s Pathways to Leadership in Urban Schools program. Summer is passionate about equity in education, and she is excited to serve the students and families of Washington through WAVA.
Principal - Susan Boyer
WAVA's Elementary Principal is Susan Boyer. Susan taught in public schools at the elementary level for 16 year in Western Washington. Prior to joining WAVA, she served as an Elementary School Assistant Principal in Burien. She has Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Administration from Seattle Pacific University. Susan is passionate about learning and all students being successful! Susan lives in Western Washington with her husband and children, along with their 2 dogs and 21 chickens. When she is not working or busy with her family, Susan loves to spend time reading.
Assistant Principal - Kelly Allen
WAVA’s Assistant Principal is Kelly Allen. She lives in Gig Harbor with her husband and two year old, Hailey. This is her second year at WAVA and 8th year in education. Prior to joining WAVA, she was an instructional coach in North Carolina, fifth grade teacher in Texas and an interventionist in Chicago. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University in Psychology, where she also played volleyball. She also earned her Master’s degree from Lehigh University in Elementary Education. We are a military family so we spend a lot of our time traveling to see our families in Chicago and North Carolina but we love calling the Pacific Northwest Home. Go Cubs!
Assistant Principal - Jodi Schilling
Jodi Schilling is one of our Elementary Assistant Principals, coming to us this year in her 5th year as an elementary administrator. Jodi has a BA in Elementary Education from CWU and a MS in Educational Leadership from WGU. She holds endorsements for K-12 principal, K-8 teaching, and K-12 Art and English Language Acquisition. Jodi brings her expertise in effective instruction and believing in every student’s success by finding and building on strengths. She has experiences in small and large school districts in Washington, Alaska, and Idaho, teaching pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, and serving as an Instructional Coach K-5. Jodi’s family includes her husband Phil, their 4 kids: Zach, Jenelle, Kylie Jo, and Cassidy (who are all young adults) and their golden retriever, Oakley. Jodi sees innovative public education as our best hope for a better future for all.
Principal - Delbert Heistand
WAVA Middle School Principal is Delbert Heistand. Del has taught alternative education, Health/fitness, CTE HS Health and Elementary Physical Education in the Wahluke School District. Since 2013, Del has served as an administrator in all grade levels, k-12. Del appreciates the opportunity to positively impact students and provide a quality education that will provide the tools to produce successful citizens. When he is not working, Del enjoys riding dirt bikes, travelling, snowboarding and learning about new adventures that will provide memories! Del’s family includes lovely Shileah (Wife) and three boys. Del’s creative boys are named Locke, Trenton and Keeton. The Heistand’s enjoy adventuring together and trying new things that provide excitement!
Assistant Principal - Jennifer Dempewolf
WAVA’s new middle school assistant principal is Jennifer Dempewolf. Jen taught English and social studies at the junior high level for 13 in the South Kitsap SD. She coached soccer, basketball, volleyball, and directed several school musicals along the way. as an instructional coach and mentor teacher program coordinator. After earning her principal certificate at the U. of Washington in 2011, Jen began her administrative career with the Peninsula SD, providing leadership in assessment and instruction. Jen’s passion for helping every student succeed through powerful and varied learning experiences is what brings her to WAVA. She looks forward to serving students in a new environment and working collaboratively with this topnotch, dedicated group of educators. Residing near the Puget Sound in Western Washington, Jen’s loves being outdoors and most of all, spending time with her husband of 24 years and 2 sons, now both in college.
Assistant Principal - Russell Kovalenko
Russell Kovalenko- Hello! I am privileged to be one of your Academic Administrators! I come to you with degrees from Central Washington University and Heritage University, with 13 years of experience as a Business Education Teacher and High School Principal at schools across eastern Washington. As we embark on our own personal WAVA WAVE journey, I have no doubt you have all the tools to be successful here and when you do run into challenges, remember we have a whole team of people, excited to help you out with whatever it is you need, to help us, get you to wherever you would like to go. As WAVA students and family we are honored to be on your team. Let’s make it an awesome year of growth and education, together we can, we will!
Principal - Joanne Warren
WAVA’s High School’s Principal is Joanne Warren. After finishing her Bachelor of Liberal Arts at University of Washington and her Master of Teaching at University of Puget Sound, Ms. Warren taught for 14 years in the South Kitsap School District. She earned her Certificate of Administration from Seattle Pacific University and took her first administrative level job at in Omak. From there she came back to the west side of the state and worked as an assistant principal and principal in the North Mason School District. She coached track and cross country along with club soccer and continues to be active in those areas. Her passion for educating all students
Assistant Principal - Terry Ackerman
Terry Ackerman is one of our High School Assistant Principals. He comes to WAVA after 9 years in the classroom setting, working here in the US and overseas. Terry has taught as an elementary teacher and middle school teacher, as well as spent time as a literacy coach in middle school. Terry earned a degree in English from the University of North Dakota, and a teaching credential from Northern Arizona University. He earned his Master’s Degree from Winona State University, and after years of teaching, Terry earned an administrators license from Johns Hopkins University.
Assistant Principal - Amalia Walle
Amalia Walle is one of our WAVA High School Assistant Principals. This is her 13th year in education after having spent some time in the financial sector. Amalia has been a Para educator, ELL & Assessment Facilitator, Dual Language teacher, Track & Cross Country coach and Principal in the Pasco School District. She is a life-long Pasco resident with her husband, daughter Jennifer and her son Adrian. Amalia is a recent graduate of WGU and Heritage University. She loves to teach dance and fitness classes on her spare time.
Academic Administrator of Special Programs - Dolly Fernandes
WAVA’s Special Programs Manager is Dolly Fernandes. Dolly has over a decade’s worth of experience administering federal programs and joined WAVA earlier this academic year. She has her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has completed post-graduate work in Educational Leadership, and holds a K-12 principal endorsement. Dolly spends her free time volunteering with animal rescue organizations.
Operations Manager - Amy Giske
Amy Giske is the Operations Manager with WAVA. She started with WAVA in 2012 and previously served as WAVA's testing logistics coordinator, operations support specialist, and Family Academic Support Team administrator. Prior to WAVA, Amy taught Math and Language Arts in a brick and mortar school for four years. Amy earned her master's in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She is excited to blend her teaching background with her technical skills and wealth of WAVA experiences to provide our families and staff with a great school experience.
Assessment Administrator - Danielle Beyer
Danielle Beyer is the WAVA Assessment Administrator. She came to WAVA from a local school district where she worked with Assessment, Curriculum Reviews, and Grant Management. At WAVA, she oversees the scheduling of all state assessments for students. Danielle believes that education can change lives, and that opportunities are created out of each student’s efforts to succeed. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Physics from Cornell College.
Student Support Administrator - Heather Bennett
Heather Bennett is WAVA’s Student Support Administrator Heather has been with WAVA for 5 years on the Student Support Team, formerly the Family Support Team. She worked as a Family Support Liaison for 2 years before becoming the Family Engagement Coordinator for 3 years. Heather is passionate about education and learning, helping others, and loves that she is working with others who feel the same way. She believes in Kids at Hope and will always believe that all children can succeed, no exceptions. Heather received her BA in Education from Washington State University. Go Cougs! She is married and has 4 beautiful children who bring so much joy into her life. She loves running in the great outdoors and finding animals to talk to along the way