Wenatchee School District has voted unanimously to approve the employment contract with Dr. Paul Gordon, who will begin his post as the District Superintendent on July 1, 2019. Dr. Gordon has been the Superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 2013, where he has worked to ensure all students are seen and know they belong to the district community through his commitment to inclusion for all. He believes learning is an active experience and that students must have opportunities and access to engage in their education.
Before being Superintendent in Glen Ellyn, Dr. Gordon served as Chief Academic Officer to over 42,000 students—charged with overseeing curriculum and instruction, innovation, grants, professional development, student services, and strategic planning in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado. He was also a successful school administrator for seven years serving as a principal and assistant principal. Prior to becoming a school administrator, he worked as a teacher with students who were reading 2-5 years behind grade level and took great pride in their growth as readers.
Dr. Gordon’s many years as a school and district leader establish that he is a strong, thoughtful academic leader who puts students at the forefront of all decisions. The relationships he built with school staff, students, parents and the community were critical to the success of the districts he has previously served. His relationships are complemented by his in-depth knowledge of school finance, facilities, and his ability to collaborate with business, university, and governmental partners.
“It is my honor to be joining the Wenatchee School District as the new superintendent,” said Gordon. “I had the opportunity to briefly walk through a few schools during my recent visit and I was incredibly impressed with the learning I observed in the classrooms. Through my interviews and conversations with the Board, students, staff, and civic partners, I could feel the positive energy across the Wenatchee community and I look forward to building on your momentum to bring the best educational opportunities to each and every student. I am excited to begin building strong relationships with all stakeholders in the community as we work together to realize our mission and vision. Thank you for the warm welcome during my visit and throughout this process. My wife and I are thrilled to make Wenatchee our home.”
“We had three incredible candidates at the end of our search,” said Wenatchee School Board President, Sunny Hemphill. “Dr. Gordon rose to the top because of his dedication and focus on kids. His energy will help us continue to advance academic rigor in our district.”
Dr. Gordon succeeds Brian Flones, who announced his departure last spring. Superintendent Flones has worked in education for over 32 years and has been with the Wenatchee School District since 1987. He has served as the District Superintendent for 19 years. Prior to being appointed the Superintendent, he served as the District’s Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and then as the Deputy Superintendent.
Superintendent Flones has been recognized by various groups for his leadership and in 2011 he received the Award of Merit for Educational Leadership, which was given by the Washington State School Administrators (WASA). He also received the NCW CampFire TrailBlazer Award for Outstanding Service to Youth in 2014. In January 2018, Superintendent Flones was awarded a GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Award by community members and the District for his leadership. In December 2018, he was honored by the Wenatchee Downtown Kiwanis for his dedication and service to the youth of our community.
Superintendent Flones has successfully led the Wenatchee School District through many changes and transitions including changing student demographics and the many phases of education reform. His accomplishments include modernizing school facilities and providing a variety of enrichment and intervention best practices to meet the needs of students.
Superintendent Flones has stated, “My purpose every day when I wake up is to make an open, trusting, collaborative environment focused on kids -- that we create hope for our kids. All kids deserve to be successful.” This student-first philosophy will be Superintendent Flones’ legacy in the District. Superintendent Flones’ last day as District Superintendent will be June 30, 2019.