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January 18, 2018

Cascade Elementary principal named regional Principal of the Year

Kennewick School District congratulates Cascade Elementary Principal Chad Foltz on being named Lake Wallula Regional Elementary Principal of the Year.

The Association of Washington State Principals (AWSP) recently announced the honor for Foltz. He was chosen as the top elementary principal in a region covering 12 school districts across Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.

"I am very honored. I see this as an award for all of us at Cascade Elementary,” Foltz says. “We are a fantastic team that does outstanding things for children. We base all of our decisions every single day on what's best for kids. I am very fortunate to be the leader of such a tremendous staff.”

Foltz began his teaching career at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School in 1995 and has spent nearly all of his years in education in the Kennewick School District. He started his administrative career at Park Middle School in 2002 as an assistant principal before moving on to Cascade in 2008. He will be the principal of the new Amon Creek Elementary when it opens in August 2018.

Cascade has excelled academically throughout Foltz’s tenure. The school has earned the School Achievement Award for meeting the district’s third-grade reading goal every year since 2009. Cascade also earned a Washington Achievement Award in 2012 for its success at closing achievement gaps among its students.

“Mr. Foltz’s leadership has helped students and staff at Cascade reach their potential year after year,” says Greg Fancher, assistant superintendent of elementary education. “This recognition is well-deserved.”

Foltz is now eligible to compete for the State Elementary Principal of the Year award announced later this spring. That award recognizes elementary school principals who show a commitment to excellence through support of academic and social programs and the connections they build between their school, families and communities.