David Starkey named new principal of Columbia Elementary School in Woodland School District

Starkey will replace Ingrid Colvard, who recently accepted the superintendent position at Stevenson-Carson School District

WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools proudly announces their selection of David Starkey as principal of Columbia Elementary School beginning in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

David Starkey has been named the new principal at Columbia Elementary in the Woodland School District.
David Starkey has been named the new principal at Columbia Elementary in the Woodland School District.

Starkey accepted the position on May 7 when Superintendent Michael Green notified him of his selection. “David’s exceptionally strong educational background made him stand out as the best selection from a very strong pool of candidates,” said Green. “I am incredibly confident and excited to have David as our principal at Columbia Elementary.” 

Starkey currently serves as the principal of Castle Rock Intermediate School. Prior to his time in Castle Rock, he taught fifth grade and eventually served as an assistant principal in Fruitland, Idaho. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from Northwest Nazarene University located in Nampa, Idaho. 

“What I enjoy most about working in education is seeing the difference a positive educator can make in the life of a child,” he said. “Seeing the excitement students show, the confidence they gain, and the eagerness they have in wanting to share their newfound knowledge is priceless.”

Applying for Woodland’s principal position came easy for Starkey as his family has resided in Woodland for the past five years where his three children attend Woodland schools and his wife works for the school district. “Woodland is a great community and has a wonderful school district,” he said. “It’s an honor to be able to serve as Principal of Columbia Elementary School.”

Starkey’s favorite hobbies revolve around spending time with his family. An avid outdoorsman, Starkey enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and archery hunting, “I love spending time with my wife and children and making memories with them.”

Starkey will replace Columbia Elementary School’s current principal, Ingrid Colvard, who recently accepted the superintendent position at Stevenson-Carson School District.

“I am thrilled to be part of Woodland Public Schools and the team at Columbia Elementary,” said Starkey. “I want nothing more than to build a lasting partnership with our community; together we can create the best learning opportunity for our students and our students deserve nothing but the best.”

To learn more about how Woodland Public Schools continues educating students and serving the community during the statewide closure, visit the dedicated news webpage at https://www.woodlandschools.org/home-learning-stories

Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.

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