North Bend's Twin Falls Middle School hires Monica Phillips as new assistant principal

Monica Phillips - Courtesy photo
Monica Phillips
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Monica Phillips has been selected as the new assistant principal of Twin Falls Middle School. She was hired to replace Martin Barber, who was appointed as principal of Twin Falls earlier this summer. Barber replaces Ruth Moen, who was named to a new district-level position as director of instructional support.

Phillips brings 16 years of educational experience in the Mercer Island and Tacoma school districts. Last year, she was a principal intern at Islander Middle School on Mercer Island, where she has taught language arts and social studies since 2006. Phillips taught at McIlvaigh Middle School in Tacoma from 1998 to 2006. A graduate from the University of Washington, she earned National Board Certification in 2005 and was honored with a National PTSA Outstanding Educator award in 2012.

Phillips was selected from more than 60 qualified candidates who applied for the assistant principal position. The hiring process, led by principal Barber, involved interviews with a team of Twin Falls staff members, parents, and district leaders.

“We are extremely excited that Ms. Phillips has accepted our invitation to join Twin Falls Middle School,” Barber said. “She brings a broad range of program experience, a passion for learning, a collaborative leadership style, outstanding communication skills and a healthy outlook that any middle school would benefit from.”


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