Return to Headlines

Director of Special Programs Resigns, Eacker Named as Replacement

Director of Special Programs and Assessment for the Centralia School District, Dr. Shelley Habenicht, has announced her resignation effective June 30, 2017. Dr. Habenicht has accepted a position as principal of an elementary school in Federal Way. Mr. David Eacker, Principal of Jefferson Lincoln Elementary, has been named as her replacement. He will enter the new role on July 1, 2017. The Board of Directors unanimously approved his appointment on March 29th.

Dr. Habenicht has served the district since July 2014 and was the first to hold the title of Director of Special Programs and Assessment after the former office of Director of Teaching and Learning was divided into two new positions. “I have been very happy to have served in Centralia for these past two years and I’m proud of the work we have done in that time to improve compliance with federal and state programs, as well as our efforts to improve the English Learner program,” Habenicht said. Dr. Habenicht also implemented a new program in Centralia’s schools this year, placing a Family Resource Advocate in each building to serve as a liaison between the school and parents. Each Family Resource Advocate is bilingual.

“Shelley has helped us lay a very substantial foundation for us to build solid, high performing programs on,” said Superintendent Mark Davalos. “We wish her all the best and every success in her new adventure, and we thank her for her service to Centralia.”

Mr. Eacker joined the district in 2013 as Assistant Principal of Centralia Middle School, before being named Principal at Jefferson Lincoln in 2014. Before coming to Centralia he was Assistant Principal at Tenino Middle School and served at Shelton High School as an Assistant Principal as well. Eacker is bilingual, a trait he believes will help him find success as he leads English Learner programs for the district. “I think it will be a big help, and I’m trained in English language development,” he added.

Eacker said he’ll miss working in a close-interaction basis with students on a daily basis. “It’s a new experience for me, I’ll be working from a different angle, but I think I bring a fresh perspective and I’m excited to get started,” he said.

Mark Davalos thanked the Board of Directors for their quick action to approve the promotion of Eacker. “One of the benefits of having an internal appointee like David is that the learning curve is greatly reduced. With Shelley in place through June and David already in the district they have many opportunities to meet, collaborate, and share wisdom,” he said.

“Once again, we can’t thank Shelley enough for her work, and we’re very excited to move forward with David Eacker as we continue our drive to improve results for all students in Centralia,” Davalos said.

The search for Eacker’s replacement at Jefferson Lincoln elementary will begin immediately.