Monica Bauer, an assistant Principal at Lake Stevens High School (LSHS), was named WESCO 3A/4A Assistant Principal of the Year. The award, presented by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP), recognizes assistant principals with deep commitments to students, academic excellence and positive school-community relations.
"Monica Bauer is one of the best examples of an Assistant Principal I have ever seen," said Eric Cahan, Principal of LSHS, who nominated Bauer for the award. "She is a collaborative leader who lives her beliefs and values every day."
One example of Bauer's leadership is her work to help struggling students meet the state math standards for graduation. Bauer established an intervention plan and worked with school and district staff members to develop learning expectations and a professional development plan. From there, Bauer hired a new teacher and implemented the plan. After the first year, 47 out of 48 students passed the math Collection of Evidence.
Bauer began her career at Lake Stevens High School as a history teacher in 1999. After completing her administrative internship, she left LSHS to become an assistant principal at Anacortes High School, where she worked for three years before returning to Lake Stevens. Bauer has a bachelor's degree in history and social studies and an administrative certificate from Western Washington University and a master's degree in teaching from Grand Canyon University.
"I am honored to be selected for this award," said Bauer. "I chose a career in education, because I love helping people. There's nothing greater than helping a student see and reach his or her potential."
When she's not at work, Bauer enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors, camping, fishing and adventure seeking.
As a League Assistant Principal of the Year, Bauer may be considered for the Washington State High School Assistant Principal of the Year recognition later this school year.