New Lake Stevens High School Principal Eric Cahan.
Granite Falls High School Principal Eric Cahan has accepted the Lake Stevens High School Principal position effective July 1, 2011. After speaking to Principal Ken Collins, Cahan decided to apply for the open position.
“I’ve known Ken Collins for a long time and he and I spoke when the posting came up. Frankly, he really sold me on the building and the district,” Cahan said. “After meeting the people in the interviews, I thought it was a great fit and a natural change. I’m looking forward to creating new relationships with staff and kids and continuing with Ken’s energy. I think that is an exciting aspect as a principal,” Cahan said.
Cahan is a veteran administrator with five years experience as Principal of Granite Falls High School and prior to that, five years as an Assistant Principal at Snohomish High School. He was also the Athletic Director and an English teacher at Snohomish High School.
“We are fortunate that we had a great pool of candidates apply; Eric Cahan is a successful, experienced principal, and we believe he will be a great fit for our high school,” Lake Stevens School District Superintendent David Burgess said.
Cahan takes pride in establishing a communication style that is joyful, encouraging, hopeful and fosters a professional attitude.
Commenting on his move to Lake Stevens he said, “I’m honored to carry on the long standing traditions at Lake Stevens High School.”
Cahan is looking forward to taking his experiences at Granite Falls High School and creating new ones with students, teachers and staff at Lake Stevens.
“This (Granite Falls) has the most dedicated staff and most wonderful community. The parents, school and all of the staff are talented and nice people and the kids are a ball. They have been gracious to me for the five years,” he said.
As for Lake Stevens, he is thrilled be part of an athletic department with highly trained athletes and dedicated coaches.
“They (LSHS) are world-class competitors and athletes. As a Snohomish High School Athletic Director I saw their competitiveness and athleticism first hand. I’m looking forward to being a part of that,” Cahan said. “I can’t wait to get started and learn a lot from the teachers. They are a proven staff and it’s going to be fun.”
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in Secondary English Education, his master’s from City University in Education-Technology and received his Secondary Administration Certification from Western Washington University.
Cahan has two elementary aged daughters and his wife teaches math at Everett Community College.