Former District 41 superintendent Gordon is named new leader of Wenatchee School District
Paul Gordon has been tabbed as the next Wenatchee School District Superintendent and is set to officially assume the post on July 1.
According to a school district press release, Gordon comes to Wenatchee after serving the last five years as superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District 41.
“He has worked to ensure all students are seen and know they belong to the district community through his commitment to inclusion for all,” the release said of Gordon's work for Glen Ellyn.
Gordon also previously served as the Chief Academic Officer in the Adams 12 Five-Star School District in Colorado.
“[He was] charged with overseeing curriculum and instruction, innovation, grants, professional development, student services and strategic planning” for more than 42,000 students, according to the press release.
Gordon’s career also includes working as a teacher, where he focused on mentoring students reading behind grade-point level.
“It is my honor to be joining the Wenatchee School District as the new superintendent,” Gordon was quoted in the release. “I had the opportunity to briefly walk through a few schools during my recent visit and I was incredibly impressed with the learning I observed in the classrooms. Through my interviews and conversations with the board, students, staff and civic partners, I could feel the positive energy across the Wenatchee community and I look forward to building on your momentum to bring the best educational opportunities to each and every student.”
Gordon succeeds Brain Flones in the role.
Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill emphasized Gordon’s “dedication and focus on kids” among the qualities that made him stand out as a finalist in the hiring process.
“We had three incredible candidates at the end of our search,” Hemphill said in the press release. “His energy will help us continue to advance academic rigor in our district.”
Gordon was involved in a bit of controversy in 2017 when, as District 41 Superintendent, he gave a list of parent email addresses to a group advocating in favor of a $24.2 million Glen Ellyn School District referendum. He later expressed remorse for his actions and admitted the district could have handled the situation differently.