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Greetings Parents and Families of Leslie Middle School (LMS):

My name is Todd Gonser, and I’m excited to join the staff of LMS as the new Principal. I am passionate about education, and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience. As the parent of three successful adult children, I recognize the importance of a strong home to school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher, and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s needs are met.

Before joining LMS, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles over the past 31 years with the Maple Valley School District. Some of the roles I have held include classroom teacher, coach, 7-12 assistant principal/athletic director, Jr./Sr. high school principal grades 7-12, school improvement/MTSS administrator, 504 Coordinator, alternative/adult education principal,  and working in the elementary building 1 day a week.  My academic background includes a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership K-12, a Bachelor of Arts in secondary teaching, and a Certificate of Completion in the Aspiring Superintendent Series.

I believe that great schools are the result of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at LMS. In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, helping to access professional development, and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to ensure our students are prepared for moving to the next level.

I will be working closely with our Dean of Students, Mr. Jay Vandercook, Special Education Director Mr. Rob DeSmith, and the Leslie Middle School staff to guarantee that all of our students are intellectually challenged and have access to the supports critical to students during the middle school years. Please look for ways to get involved in your child’s education to ensure we create a home to school partnership.