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August 1, 2017

Principal for Kennewick's first dual language elementary announced

Welcome Jaime Silva, the first principal of Dual Language Elementary #17, future home of the district’s Dual Language Program elementary students.

He has already joined the district and will work with teachers as a dual language instructional coach before planning for the school’s opening in August 2018. His duties will include helping with the transition of dual language elementary students, families and staff currently at Edison and Hawthorne elementary schools.

Silva most recently served as associate principal at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash. Before that he spent more than 20 years working in the Pasco School District as a teacher and administrator. All of his teaching experience was in bilingual and dual language classrooms. He was named Educational Service District (ESD) 123 Regional Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Silva holds an Associate Degree in Arts and Science from Columbia Basin College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education with endorsements in K-12 Bilingual Education and K-8 Elementary Education from Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities. He also earned a Master’s of Education in Professional Development and an education administration certification from Heritage University.

Dual Language Elementary #17, located at 6011 W. 10th Place, is one of three district construction projects paid for by a $51.1 million K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant from the state. The grant is aimed at reducing class sizes in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. View more details about the new school on its project page.