Superintendent John Bash
John Bash has served as Superintendent of the Tumwater School District since July 1, 2015. His professional experience prior to joining Tumwater included five years of service as Deputy Superintendent of the 14,000 student North Thurston Public Schools (2010-2015) and 15 years of service to the Centralia School District where he served as Assistance Superintendent, Director of Teaching/Learning & Special Programs, Elementary Principal, and Middle School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director (1995-2010). John began his career as an elementary teacher in 1987 with the Shelton School District followed by seven years of service in the Olympia School District as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher, special education specialist, and assessment technician (1988-1995).
John holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Central Washington University, a masters in educational leadership from the University of Washington, and completed a two-year program of study at Washington State University earning a Washington State Superintendent credential. John is active in our community where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Tumwater Rotary Club and the Tumwater Citizens for Better Education. John also serves as the Chair of the Thurston County Superintendents' Organization and serves on the New Market Skills Center Administrative Council.
Born and raised in Olympia, John has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 29 years. They have three adult children: Erika (24) a graduate of Western Washington University; Haylee (21) a student at Western Washington University; and Nicholas (20) a graduate of North Thurston High School. John enjoys camping with family, fishing, traveling, and playing the fiddle.
As Superintendent, John is grateful for the effort demonstrated by students, parents, staff, and community partners over the last year which resulted in several noteworthy achievements. The following are just a few examples:
- Successful launch of the new "Tumwater Fresh" community garden program this past summer on Linwood Avenue with the City of Tumwater and GRUB (Garden Raised Urban Bounty)
- Completion and successful opening of the new Peter G. Schmidt Elementary school
- Voter approval of a replacement levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance & Operations
- Development of a Five-Year Strategic Plan
- Expansion of All-Day Kindergarten district-wide
- Expansion of mental health services for students in our schools
- Development of transition plan for new 6th-8th grade middle school model
To invite Mr. Bash to a public or community event, please contact Executive Assistant Laurie Wiedenmeyer at 360-709-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.