Rebecca Washington Named Special Programs Director

  • Oak Harbor Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Rebecca Washington as the new Director of Special Programs.  Rebecca impressed the hiring committee with the work she’s provided over the last three and a half years as the Assistant Director of Special Programs for OHPS. 

    Rebecca has proven herself as a strong leader and was the logical choice to lead the department for our district.  She will assume the director’s duties, July 1, 2020, following the retirement of Janice Gaare, the current director.

    “I’m looking forward to building relationships,” Washington said after receiving the news.  “I’m excited about the next steps and to lead this terrific program we have in Oak Harbor.”

    With six years of experience as a special education teacher in Oak Harbor, Rebecca transferred to the district office in 2011, serving as the district’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Special Programs, a position she held for five years. During her time as the TOSA, she provided technical assistance, mentoring, and training.  In her current role, she oversees the district behavior support and offers oversight for federal and state reports for the district English Language Learners program. 

    Before joining the Oak Harbor team, Rebecca also worked in Maine as a classroom teacher and a behavior resource room assistant. In addition to her work experience, Rebecca has a strong academic background earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in 1997.  In 2007, she received an endorsement in special education from Seattle Pacific University, a Master’s Degree from Old Dominion University in 2010, and a Master of Education Degree from the University of UW-Bothell.

    Rebecca is going to be a perfect leader to guide the program. Please join our district in congratulating Rebecca on her selection!