Dear Hoquiam School District Students, Staff, Parents and Community:
Welcome to another school year! The 2017-2018 school year promises to be a great one. I am honored and very excited to be your Superintendent of Schools.
I am impressed with the tradition of excellence that exists in the Hoquiam School
District and know that it is because of the dedication of our Harbor community, and the hard work of students and staff.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my family and myself. First and foremost I am a husband and a father. My wife, Nani, and I have been married 26 years. We have five children, two girls and three sons, ranging in ages from 11 to 22 years old. Our oldest daughter attends Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is pursuing a degree in education. Our second daughter is currently serving a volunteer mission for our church in Cordoba, Argentina. She will finish this December and return to Brigham Young University where she also is pursuing a degree in education. We are bringing three boys to the Hoquiam community and schools. Asai (17) will be a senior this fall and is looking forward to playing sports with the mighty Grizzlies. Siosi (13) will be in eighth grade. Siosi believes moving to Hoquiam is a dream come true because of all the fishing opportunities. Kai (10) will be a new middle school student as he enters sixth grade. Kai loves the cooler weather, and like myself, all the restaurants that serve seafood. My wife, Nani, has fallen in love with the community and the incredible history. She will be working as a Special Education teacher for the Aberdeen School District.
As a family we are extremely excited to be a part of this extraordinary community. My family is very important to me, and I feel that my experiences as a father have helped shape me into an educator and a leader.
I strongly believe in a quality, individualized and comprehensive education for all students. Hoquiam is known not only for its competitive extracurricular programs and academic excellence, but also for the positive and healthy relationships that exist between staff and students. I take very seriously that you have entrusted the young people of this community to our care and expect our staff to give their very best.
My mission as your Superintendent is also my passion, and that is the reason I do what I do. That is, to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides EVERY student with a sense of belonging while helping students to grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is critical that our students graduate from Hoquiam High School career and college ready so that they can experience success and achieve their goals in life.
Earlier this year I was able to participate in different community/district activities such as HHS Graduation, Lincoln Elementary awards assembly and a Hoquiam Rotary meeting. I am looking forward to spending time in the school district meeting students, teachers and support staff.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve in this great community. I look forward to working together to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our children.
Dr. Mike A. Villarreal