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February 13, 2017

Cottonwood's MaryAnn Kautzky named Regional Principal of the Year

Kennewick School District congratulates Cottonwood Elementary Principal MaryAnn Kautzky who is the Lake Wallula Regional Elementary Principal of the Year.

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

“My mission as an educator has always been to ensure students get the most out of their education and be successful,” Kautzky says. “I’m humbled and honored to be included among the qualified and distinguished individuals who have earned this recognition.”

Kautzky has worked in education for 28 years. She started working in the Kennewick School District in 2004 as the principal at Southgate Elementary. In 2010, she was hired as the principal of the new Cottonwood where she has worked ever since.

Cottonwood’s students routinely meet or exceed the annual district goal to have 90 percent of third-graders at or above grade level in reading. One or more of the school’s grades meet or exceed the district’s math goal every year and Cottonwood’s standardized test scores also are consistently high.

“MaryAnn is known for a work ethic, a dedication to learning and a focus on collaboration that has made Cottonwood an intensely dynamic and high-performing school,” says Assistant Superintendent Greg Fancher.

She will receive her award during a joint conference of AWSP and the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) June 25-27 in Spokane.

Kautzky 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.