Canyon View Elementary introduces its next principal


KENNEWICK, Wash. — With Principal Mark Stephens retiring from Canyon View Elementary after the current school year, a familiar face to the Kennewick School District (KSD) is getting the chance to take a new role in the community.

On Wednesday morning, the KSD announced that Cathy Guajardo, assistant principal at Chinook Middle School, will become the principal of Canyon View Elementary next year. She expressed her excitement in a statement released on the KSD’s Facebook page.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen to lead Canyon View’s school community and to support our students, staff, and families,” Guajardo said.

Since beginning in the Kennewick School District in 1997, Guajardo has worn many hats. She is a district instructional coach for the KSD  and taught at both Horse Heaven Hills Middle School and Cascade Elementary. She’s been in her assistant principal role at Chinook Middle School since 2016.

Guajardo earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Washington University and her master’s degree in professional development from Heritage University. She has received her National Board Certification, is a Google Certified Teacher, serves as a consultant and trainer for Project GLAD, and holds a principal certification from Heritage University.

Rob Phillips, who is the assistant superintendent of elementary education at the KSD, is looking forward to seeing Guajardo in her new role.

“We are excited to have Cathy Guajardo as the new principal at Canyon View Elementary,” Phillips said. “Her many years of successful experience as an elementary teacher, GLAD coach and building administrator make her a perfect fit for our elementary team.”


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