Educator inspired retiring Battle Ground superintendent

first_img As a kid, Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe was always small for his grade.It made him a target for teasing, bullying and the kind of harassment he’s made his mission in more than 40 years in education to combat. It wasn’t until high school in Bothell, when a history teacher and coach mentored and supported Hottowe, that he realized he was important — that he could make a difference.“It’s a common story for most people who go into education,” Hottowe, 63, said. “Someone, somewhere in your youth that impacted you and made you feel like you were worthwhile and you could contribute.”Hottowe, whose last day with the school district is Friday, has spent the last 41 years as a teacher and administrator in the Pacific Northwest. Mark Ross, currently the district’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, will replace him July 1.Incoming Superintendent Mark Ross’ contract runs from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2020. He will receive a salary of $209,065 plus benefits. Retiring Superintendent Mark Hottowe’s pay and benefits were the same, according to his most recent contract.Hottowe’s career began teaching Native American students in Neah Bay before moving on to become an assistant principal in the Sumner School District, a principal in the Longview School District, the director of student services and the executive director of supervision and human resources for the Kelso School District, and the superintendent of Ocean Beach School District in Long Beach. Mark Hottowe last_img

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