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May 8, 2019

Meet the Next Federal Programs Director

Kennewick School District’s next Federal Programs director is no stranger to the department.

Alyssa St. Hilaire has been the district’s bilingual coordinator for five years, overseeing the Bilingual and Migrant programs, which are part of the department.

She’ll become the next director in July, replacing Doug Campbell, who’s retiring. 

“I’m excited. It’s a great opportunity to continue the work that the district is already doing to support students,” she said.

Dr. Chuck Lybeck, associate superintendent, said St. Hilaire’s experience and know-how make her the right choice. 

“She has the knowledge and skills that will allow our strong Federal Programs department to continue to move forward as we provide outstanding programs to our students throughout the Kennewick School District,” Lybeck said.

St. Hilaire grew up in Kennewick, graduating from Kamiakin High School.

She returned to Kamiakin as a Spanish teacher, and then became an assistant principal and principal of Highlands Middle School, before moving to the Administration Center. 

In her new role, she’ll oversee the Bilingual and Migrant programs, along with several others that provide a range of support to students and families — from the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, to the district’s Title I, II and Learning Assistance Program grants, to the Extended Day program, to Students in Transition.

“When I first came to Federal Programs, I thought, ‘I’m in the helping department,’” she said. “We have resources for families to support their children in school. I haven’t met a family that doesn’t want the best for their child. Some need more support, and we’re here to offer that.”

St. Hilaire, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Northern Iowa. She earned an administrator certificate from Heritage University.

She and her husband, Jim, a teacher at Southgate Elementary, have two children.