Two new principals and an assistant principal will be joining the Aberdeen School District for the 2018-2019 school year. The appointments were approved by the district’s board of directors in recent months.
Superintendent Alicia Henderson said she is pleased to have the three moving to Grays Harbor from elsewhere, and said it “speaks to the appeal of our school district and the Harbor.”
McDermoth Elementary Principal
Bryan McKinney, currently the principal at East Minico Middle School in Rupert, Idaho, has been selected as McDermoth’s new principal. McKinney has been an elementary teacher at the Bonneville Joint School District in Idaho, and was a vice principal in the Elko County School District in Nevada for two years.
He graduated in 2004 from Hanford High School in Richland, received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in administration from Idaho State University in 2013.
Central Park Elementary Principal
John W. Crabb, currently a principal in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District in Alaska, has been selected to be Central Park’s new principal, following the departure of Barb Page. Crabb grew up in Aberdeen, attending Alexander Young Elementary and Hopkins Junior High School. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1986 where his father was a longtime Spanish teacher.
Crabb received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, and a master’s from Lesley University at Cambridge, Mass., as well as a principal’s certification from City University of Seattle. He also holds a bachelor’s in pastoral ministry with an emphasis on youth ministry from Eugene Bible College in Oregon.
Prior to moving to Alaska, he was a principal and athletic director in the Taholah School District. Superintendent Henderson will be recommending his appointment to the board of directors at its June 5 meeting.
Stevens Elementary Assistant Principal
Ann Tracey, currently an administrative intern at South Ridge Elementary School in the Ridgefield School District, will be the assistant principal at Stevens. Tracey has previously taught kindergarten and first, second, and fifth grades at South Ridge. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in 2007 and her master’s in educational leadership from Washington State University in 2017.